Rick Perry’s pitiful, sympathy-inducing, human moment (which probably finished off his campaign)

His presidential campaign surely hasn’t gone the way Rick Perry thought it would go when he made a late entry into the GOP nominating contest. It surely hasn’t gone the way his supporters, who donated some $17 million to his campaign in just seven weeks, thought it would go. The Texas governor almost immediately surged to the top of the polls, but a series of poor debate performances sent him on what has been a steady and unending slide.

Still, few moments during his decline could have felt as painful as the 45 seconds or so in which he drew a blank while trying to name the third federal agency he would abolish if elected president:

I’ve speculated before that the thought of watching the oft-tongue-tied Perry try to debate President Obama must give Republican big-wigs the heebie jeebies. And one might read into his forgetful moment a lack of seriousness about his very own plan, or some such. (It doesn’t help that the agency he forgot was Energy, and that he’s spent the past couple of months talking up his energy plan.)

But for anyone who’s done much talking on their feet in public, or who simply knows what it feels like to lose your train of thought — and there’s a reason we have such a well-known metaphor for the feeling — it was a pity-inducing moment. While cringing, I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for Perry. It made a Texas-sized politician look like an ordinary human being.

Not that it was the kind of pitiful, sympathy-inducing, human moment that gets someone elected president. Perry’s still toast — although he was burning long before the word “energy” escaped him.

But if you didn’t feel a little sorry for the guy, then, as Perry once said about those who disagreed with him about a particular topic, you don’t have a heart.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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arnold

November 10th, 2011
5:43 am

The GOP still has one candidate that would scare the Democrats. J. Huntsman. Mitt Romney is a bit weak with the flip flops and the rest of the field are losers.

The Definitive Answer

November 10th, 2011
5:47 am

Mr. Perry, could you give us your views on ethanol?

Um…hmm…um…well…hmm…err…hmm……..SCOTLAND!

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

November 10th, 2011
6:24 am

Not often you get to see a public meltdown of that proportion live and in color.

I never thought Perry had much on the ball to begin with, but he certainly lived down to my expectations last night.

BORN FREE

November 10th, 2011
6:25 am

Ron Paul clearly won the CNBC debate, like he does in every other debate, and the media still shuns him, Ron Paul schools everyone on stage, noticed how they all stared at him seriously when was talking about how F-up the economy is? And if you think your favorite front runners Mitt Romney or Pizza man Herman Cain knows a thing or two of how the economy was messed up in the first place, they do not bring up historical facts like Ron Paul does with dates as when and what in years. Trust me, if there were a three man debate of Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Herman Cain, Ron Paul would be on top, have you ever seen Mitt Romney confront Ron Paul on any economic issues? I think not, and when Mitt was asked how he would have the troop sent home from the middle east, Romney, answer “you consult with your lawyers”? Ron Paul says “I’m the commander in Chief I tell the Generals what to do”. Clearly Ron Paul is fit to lead this country, and furthermore, on a face to face debate against Barrack Obama, Ron Paul would destroy him on bringing up Economy, Healthcare issues, actual freedom, everything that Ron Paul consistently stood up for 30 plus years! Obama would be finished. Ron Paul 2012

jt

November 10th, 2011
6:38 am

The MSNBC debate polls show Ron Paul smashing everyone else.
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Let those who will trade their Freedom for a false security……..commence to knee-shaking.

godless heathen

November 10th, 2011
6:39 am

Ah hell Rick, pull one out of the hat.

sheepdawg

November 10th, 2011
6:39 am

another bigoted ignorant idiot gop candidate exposed!!! next…….

sparta_bubba

November 10th, 2011
6:47 am

Those titans of Texas Republican politics George W. Bush and Rick Perry confirm what many believe, put an (R) behind your name in the reddest of the Old Confederacy (GA, AL, MS, TX) and any dunce will be elected to positions of power and authority. Rhodes Scholars with a (D) behind their name can’t get elected as Dog Catcher, but old Herman “Hands” Cain sees brainwashing only when most blacks don’t take his direction.

Since there doesn’t appear to be a lot of brains in the Republican support in these states, I guess “brainwashing” would be an incorrect term.

sparta_bubba

November 10th, 2011
6:52 am

Let’s see now, ole Rick was asked to name three agencies that he would eliminate as President and he could only get to two. Wonder if he could spell CAT if you spotted him the C and the A?

DeborahinAthens

November 10th, 2011
6:54 am

Perry has been the governor of one of the largest states in the union for over a decade, and we’re supposed to cut him some slack because he has stage fright? He didn’t look like he had stage fright. It appeared to me that he, like Dubya the Dumb, is stupid. Not only stupid, but seriously drugged up as well. He did an interview a few weeks ago, when he was acting deranged. This man is not someone you want in the White House. Forget about the pain you conservatives will feel when he is on stage one on one with President Obama in a debate.

jdawg

November 10th, 2011
7:06 am

Perry showed his weakness again last night. I saw through it after the second debate and a series of interviews. He is not a person of substance and inteligence. He is a pure politician, and the antithesis of what is wrong today with our governments. Too many fools.

Indydawg

November 10th, 2011
7:06 am

Why Ron Paul and John Huntsman are not more of a focus of the Republican party is beyond me. I just don’t understand. There’s not anyone else even worth listening to on the right. They should throw in Gary Johnson from New Mexico too…. This party is a joke.

Big Oil

November 10th, 2011
7:08 am

You poor people don’t worry about the $17 million we gave Brother Rick. We got plenty more. All the other pawns have their hands out waiting for our “annomous” money.

Gambler

November 10th, 2011
7:11 am

It looks like 4 more years. What is Vegas sayin’.

Howard

November 10th, 2011
7:14 am

I am a liberal but this was painful to watch.

sparta_bubba

November 10th, 2011
7:17 am

Birds of a feather truly flock together. Big Oil I see why you like ole Rick. Check your spelling of “annoymous.” Can you get spell CAT if we spot you the C and the A? Quick, name 3 states. ROFLMAO

BW

November 10th, 2011
7:18 am

It’s fine to have a moment like that….it isn’t okay to have a moment like that when you want to represent the United States of America…he should go back home to Texas to run his empire there.

Atticus Finch

November 10th, 2011
7:21 am

Maybe Perry took one for the team to get the spotlight off Cain?

Road Scholar

November 10th, 2011
7:23 am

But…but…but…

Is this the best the Repubs can put out there for President? Oy vay!

USMC

November 10th, 2011
7:28 am

I still like Speaker Gingrich in a debate against a mumbling/bumbling Obama. No contest. :-)

I"m on the Ron Paul train

November 10th, 2011
7:29 am

I voted for Bush, then Obama. Basically because I couldn’t stomach Palin, and Bush tried to fund a war and a prescription drug entitlement by cutting taxes.

Face it folks, the country needs a reset. A full-on, no sacred cows, no protected budgets or tax breaks or entitlements. We need to readjust our foreign policy, our tax code, and our social entitlements. We need to cut the “military welfare” that we send to countries like Israel, Japan, Germany, and others who can afford to protect themselves.

For me, Paul is the guy with the ideas and philosophy that can make this happen. the others, they are an extension of the status quo.

clem

November 10th, 2011
7:32 am

my goodness, perry, cain, bachmann, santorum definitely need to get off the stage. ron paul cannot complete a cogent thought either….boils down between, romne, huntsman, and keep newt around if he would lower the attack on media all the time and talk about issues.

The Anti-Wooten

November 10th, 2011
7:33 am

Wow, that was painful to watch. As someone that speaks to groups from time to time it’s pretty clear that he was not well rehearsed. That’s bad staff work.

ByteMe

November 10th, 2011
7:37 am

When does the next contestant get voted off the island?

ylojkt

November 10th, 2011
7:38 am

Add me to the Ron Paul list, the best candidate on the stage, with Huntsman in second. The media won’t report on them unless it’s a small, pity they can’t win story, when Paul wins every debate poll taken. Even the story by Jim Galloway in today’s AJC only mentions that Ron Paul was “also on the stage.” What a joke, AJC, please devote more time and space to these two candidates instead of talking about others who we know won’t win like Cain and Gingrich.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

November 10th, 2011
7:42 am

For all you Ron Paul supporters out there, the reason why nobody on that stage asks him follow-up questions (and why he’ll never get the nomination) is because nobody wants to get the crazy uncle in the room talking any more than he has to.

Is Ron Paul right on certain things? Yes. But his message is being lost in the messenger. All the insta-polls after all the debates showing Ron Paul winning is just the Paulistas getting online and voting. They’re energized, but 7% of the electorate being fervent doesn’t get you to 50% plus 1 in a real, live election.

Let's debate whether to have debates.

November 10th, 2011
7:45 am

There are too many of theses “debates”. The Republicans need a better way to vet their candidates than a stage full of people trying to emit good sound bites and avoid gaffs like Perry’s. As it is these debates may have already given Obama four more years when he should be vulnerable. Can one really tell from last nights show whose economic plan would give the best results for the country? By the time the election comes along we will all be very tired of whoever is left of this group.

Clay Willis

November 10th, 2011
7:46 am

In spite of 10 days of unrelenting attach from the MSM being bolstered by “conservative” pundits like Karl Rove, Michael Medved, Erick Erikson etc., have you seen these polls from the last few days included in any of these “Cain is out” stories? Not likely! Why is that?
South Carolina: Romney 22 Cain 20 Gingrich 10
Florida: Cain 30 Romney 24 Gingrich 19
Ohio: Cain 34 Gingrich 20 Romney 19
Mississippi: Gingrich 28 Cain 25 Perry 14 Romney 12
National NBC: Romney 28 Cain27 Gingrich 13
National USA Today: Cain 21 Romney 21 Gingrich 12
If the MSM were not so biased, the headlines would read “Romney begins to slip while Cain surges in spite of bogus harassment charges” subhead “Gingrich surge beginning?”
Why do Republican establishment figures join in trying to take Cain out? It’s all about Cain’s 9-9-9 plan and his promise to remove the Marxist graduated income tax system. The political elites, both parties and those who earn their living supporting them are accustomed to gaming the present tax system to benefit their friends and contributors. If you want to find the power, follow the money. Conservatives, Republicans, independents and Democrats who love this country should investigate what’s really going on.

Bill

November 10th, 2011
7:49 am

jdawg,

I get your point, but look up antithesis.

Bill

November 10th, 2011
7:54 am

@lets debate,
So, you are saying that the republicans need to find a different way to vet their candidates other than asking them to publicly defend their ideas and positions??

John K

November 10th, 2011
7:57 am

Feel sorry for him? The guy who doesn’t care if he’s executed innocent people? Yeah, right.

stephen

November 10th, 2011
7:57 am

First Herman couldnt remember anything, now Big Rick.

Mike

November 10th, 2011
7:58 am

I thought I was watching SNL but I remembered it was not Saturday night. And the people of Texas elected this man for governor. It was also good to see the audience defend a man who abuses women. At least they have their priorities in order. Can’t wait for the next debate. Do you think the panel can do some karaoke.

Lib in Cobb

November 10th, 2011
7:58 am

The registered GOP voters, I guess that would be most of GA, don’t have a lot to pick from. You can vote for candidate #1 a man with questionable personal ethics and no political experience. You can vote for candidate #2 a man who has questionable personal ethics and does not have the needs of the people in mind. You can vote for candidate #3 a man with questionable personal ethics and he forgot everything else.

Bye-bye (p)Rick!

November 10th, 2011
8:02 am

Hahahahahaha. Good riddance, Perry, you pitiful excuse for a human being! Have fun burning in hell when you get there!!

ragnar danneskjold

November 10th, 2011
8:12 am

Looks to me like Obama without a teleprompter. I think we misunderestimate Perry.

Norma

November 10th, 2011
8:12 am

Kyle, your headline says the performance was sympathy-inducing.

No. Not a chance.

Pat

November 10th, 2011
8:12 am

The notion that we should pity Perry – whose actions as governor and proposed policies are utterly without pity – would be laughable if not so typical.

question

November 10th, 2011
8:13 am

I will never call anyone a dumbass in my life.. I will just call them Rick Perry.

ragnar danneskjold

November 10th, 2011
8:13 am

Hope you all saw Chairman Ann’s essay today. My guy Herman owes Rick Perry an apology – the lies about Herman all arise from the democrat party. Her essay would get past a grand jury on that indictment.

Nativebird

November 10th, 2011
8:15 am

The epitome of the caricature we’ve all come to know as the sleazy, privileged, dense, redneck made powerful by rich friends. Regardless of the policy stances you agree or disagree with, Republicans simply cannot roll the dice on another non-polished southerner with good intentions. The bar for presentation and communication skills in the 21st century has been set way higher, certainly for the Presidency. Romney and Gingrich absolutely crushed him; made him look silly and unserious. He needs to pick up his suitcase and go home.

Mary Elizabeth

November 10th, 2011
8:17 am

Better that one’s “heart” be centered on what has been happening to the working/middle class in this nation for the last decade.

GEORGIANS, please take time to read the full article in “Rolling Stone” byTim Dickinson, and then perhaps you will rethink voting the Republican ticket next November. You will be voting against your own best interests, if you vote the present Republician ticket, unless you are in the top 1% of wealth in our nation.

To understand why I say that, please read these excerpts from the article in Rolling Stone Magazine.
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“The GOP’s frenzied handouts to the rich during the Bush era coincided with the weakest economic expansion since World War II – and the only one in modern American history in which the wages of working families actually fell and poverty increased. And what little expansion there was under Bush culminated in the worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression. ‘The wreckage was left by Dick Cheney, Grover Norquist and the gang,’ says Chafee. ‘This was their doing.’ By driving the economy into the ditch, Republicans left the next president little choice but to drive up deficits in the short term by launching a massive campaign of federal spending to ward off a global depression.”

“In retrospect, the true victor of the midterm elections last year was not the Tea Party, or even Speaker of the House John Boehner. It was Grover Norquist.”

“Norquist insists the measure (his anti-tax pledge) is necessary to force Congress to rein in spending. ‘I’m not focused on the deficit,’ he says. ‘The metric that matters is keeping spending down.’ But in the real world, the effect of Norquist’s oath is to prevent the government from cutting the deficit by ending tax breaks to the rich. All told, tax breaks cost the government $1.2 trillion each year – far more than defense spending ($744 billion), Medicare and Medicaid ($719 billion) or Social Security ($701 billion). And most of the breaks – think of them as government subsidies delivered through the tax code – go to the wealthy. The richest one percent of Americans receive a 13.5 percent boost in their incomes from such subsidies – almost double the benefit the bottom 80 percent receives. Under Norquist’s pledge, lawmakers are forbidden from ending any kind of tax break – mortgage deductions for luxury vacation homes, subsidies for giant oil companies, lower tax rates for private-equity millionaires – without using the money to pay for another tax cut. ‘If you can’t get rid of tax expenditures – if old Grover is going to call that a ‘tax increase’ – it’s not just ludicrous, it’s deception,’ says Simpson, the former GOP senator.”

” ‘You can look up my record: On conservatism and taxes I was better than Jesse Helms,’ says Simpson, the former senator. ‘But whatever happened to common sense? People are going to look around in five or 10 years and say, ‘Whatever happened to the things that made me comfortable? That made our streets and schools good things?’ And they’ll look, hopefully, at Grover Norquist. I can say to you with deepest sincerity: If this country and this legislature are in thrall to Grover Norquist, we haven’t got a prayer.’ ”

Above quotes are from the “Rolling Stones’ article by Tim Dickinson, entitled, “How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich,” November 24, 2011. Link below:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-the-gop-became-the-party-of-the-rich-20111109?print=true

gm

November 10th, 2011
8:17 am

Obama you look better and better compared to these idiots, I hope middle class Americans were listening when Romney said he would have not bail out car indust, other words the rich brick would have let millions of more people starve and lose their homes at no fault of their own.
This race is not doubt about satan rep party and the party that cares about people on the race.
Rick Perry is who he is and people with common sense on the left already knew he was a joke but the bigots and the retards on the right would vote for satan before they help the middle class.

Ward

November 10th, 2011
8:28 am

Ron Paul ‘can’t win’ because there are many more stupid people than smart. In both parties.

RustyHinges

November 10th, 2011
8:36 am

Unfortunately for the country, Perry’s pitiful debate performance is overshadowed by Obama’s pitiful and dangerous commander in chief performance. Just shows slick teleprompter talking ability doesn’t equate to knowledgeable leadership.

larry.333

November 10th, 2011
8:40 am

Nobama !
Noperry !

Banned Poster

November 10th, 2011
8:41 am

It’s not Perry that I feel sorry for. It is his most ardent and loyal supporters over at Red State that seem to think his human moments in these debates would make for a great President that I feel sorry for. Yes grown adults acting like those teenagers at Penn State last night turning a blind eye to reality just to support their hero. Now that is sad.

EJ Moosa

November 10th, 2011
8:44 am

If the electorate actually had principles and then looked for the candidate that upheld those principles, this would be simple.

But the electorate has had their principles denigrated to the point that they vote on what makes them feel good at the time.

The candidates are not the ones changing week to week and poll to poll.

You are.

Do a little discovery on yourself. What do you really believe? Do you even have principles?

Then get behind the candidate that most closely aligns with your principles. Sure your candidate might lose. But the candidate that wins will soon realize they need to shift towards your principles to attract your vote. And then your principles have a chance of winning.

Buffoon

November 10th, 2011
8:45 am

Perry may indeed be god’s gift to conservatives, but he looks and sounds like a buffoon in these debates. You’re going to eliminate a billion dollar agency, and can’t remember which one???? I want Obama gone as bad as any other republican does, but O would make Perry seems like a blathering idiot in a heads up debate, and in our American Idol society, that would outweigh substance. Do us a favor Perry, drop out!

Mark T

November 10th, 2011
8:46 am

Big Oil

November 10th, 2011
7:08 am
You poor people don’t worry about the $17 million we gave Brother Rick. We got plenty more. All the other pawns have their hands out waiting for our “annomous” money.

Dont worry about the 400 million we gave Fannie and Freddie…they just asked for 50 million more