Rick Perry is "toast"

Comment: Let's get real ... this guy just plain looks stupid! This is not his first gaffe! My take: There are now two possibilities: Mitt and Newt


  1. Is Perry Toast?

    This was a big moment; the presidential scholar Larry Sabato wrote that it was “the most devastating moment of any modern primary debate.” It will reinforce some core negative perceptions about Mr. Perry: that he is a bad debater, that he is a lightweight, and that he is someone who is not quite ready for prime time. Had another candidate made the same mistake, that candidate might have gotten a mulligan. But Mr. Perry used his mulligans up long ago after stammering answers and poor overall performances in several of his previous debates.

  2. Beyond ‘Oops’: Perry’s Gaffe Wasn’t the Only Debate Mistake

    It was the "oops" heard round the world. Rick Perry's brain freeze Wednesday night was clearly the main headline from the latest GOP debate.

  3. Does Perry’s Meltdown Finally Clear Path for Romney?

    The long minute of cringe-worthy forgetfulness, when Mr. Perry could not recall the name of the third federal agency he wanted to eliminate, will reinforce the notion that he is not capable of going toe-to-toe with his rivals.

    Mr. Perry’s entry into the race this summer was seen as the clearest threat to Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, who has struggled for months to overcome the perception that his supporters choose him reluctantly. Republican voters have lurched from one Romney alternative to another, searching for someone they feel kinship with, politically and personally.

    But one by one, those alternatives have done themselves in, politically.

    Gaffes. Inexperience. A lack of charisma. Just plain not knowing how to run for president. Each time surveys showed one of Mr. Romney’s rivals surging, something happened to bring down the campaign.

  4. JP: Perry funds dry up after gaffes and dip in polls:

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign fundraising has gone into a tailspin as a result of poor debate performances and plunging poll numbers, jeopardizing his position as the best-funded Republican presidential candidate of 2012.

    Perry’s associates and supporters say his campaign has redoubled its money-­raising efforts in the past week to ensure that his campaign will have enough money to survive the first three contests of the 2012 election calendar: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

    But Perry’s loyal backers are running into resistance from Republican donors. One Perry fundraiser, who asked not to be named, said he received 15 RSVPs for a recent event from potential donors saying they might attend. But after a gaffe-marred Perry debate performance, none showed up.

    “The debates have taken a toll,” the fundraiser said. “The national numbers have taken a toll. People see the campaign on a negative trajectory.”

    I was initially impressed with Perry ... until he entered the race!

    My strongly Republican friends - many who are Republican donors - are not impressed with him


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