Yeah. You’ve seen it. Here’s the link. Much like the Theisman MNF leg-breaking incident where ABC showed it over and over in slow motion, the Perry brain-fart is going to be show repeatedly on late-night talk shows for weeks to come. Be sure Letterman is going to love this. The question, can Perry recover?
I’m not so sure. He’s got tons of money, but this is a defining moment.
Perry’s entry was exciting. We had an executive from Texas, a state with a GREAT economic record, come in to challenge Mitt “Romneycare” Romney. We hoped the Texas straight-shooter would walk in, swagger Romney to death in the debates, and walk off with the nomination. But after 3 debates, it was clear that Perry sucked at debates.
Tonight was nothing new. In fact, outside of his Big Choke, he did very well. He was cogent, clear, and made great points. But these debates favor the sound-bite. And Perry’s biggest sound-bite will be his biggest failure. The only thing that can save him is the fall of Joe Paterno at Penn State, depending upon the news outlet.
Perry’s failure here is a detraction from everything he has going for him. Ultimately, he’s great on paper. But he doesn’t exude the confidence to be the GOP Nominee. If he can’t secure the base, he can’t secure the nomination, regardless of the money in his war chest. And tonight, he showed just how badly he performs when he needs to perform.
Would he perform better in an intimate 1-hour setting with one other candidate, ala Newt & Cain? Maybe. But he hasn’t.
The good news is Gingrich is rising. People call him a RINO. But there’s nobody better on the issues. If I’m willing to forgive Newt for sitting on a bench with Pelosi, he’s come a long way.
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