Perry's Gaffes Continue To Add Up

The flubs keep on coming.

In yet another campaign day marred by a slip-up, Texas Gov. Rick Perry produced headlines today during an important editorial board interview with the Des Moines Register -- not for his impassioned defense of a controversial new TV ad about his faith, but instead for a mealy-mouthed screw up.

"Montemayor?" he said, struggling to name one of the nine Supreme Court justices. He went on to blast the court as "eight unelected and frankly unaccountable judges. "

There are nine.

Since his infamous inability to remember the third of three government agencies he'd eliminate during the CNBC debate in Michigan last month, Perry's every verbal pratfall has offered the lead paragraph in news stories and the lead joke in late-night comedy shows. Mistakes that might be downplayed from more consistently articulate candidates get spotlight treatment for the Texas pol, whose "swagger" narrative deteriorated quickly as his gaffes grew more and more frequent.

Friday's torrent of "Brain Freeze Again?" headlines was reminiscent of those after a recent campaign stop in New Hampshire, where Perry's pitch to repair his damaged credentials on border security were derailed by a numerical mixup. "Those of you that will be 21 by November the 12th, I ask for your support and your vote," he declared to titters from those who recognized the voting age error. (Oh, and the election isn't on the 12th.)

Trying to correct for the bungle, Perry took to the TV airwaves to discuss his efforts to perform well in the "New Hampshire caucuses."

They're primaries.


The growing vulnerability isn't lost on the candidate himself. As recently as yesterday, when the campaign hoped to make a splash by highlighting Perry's support from veterans, he grimly predicted that a brief mixup of Iran and Iraq at a South Carolina town hall would be "on the front page of the something."

Maybe not the "front page," but the Associated Press and countless other outlets wrote about it.

Many in Team Perry privately express frustration that the flubs are written about with such emphasis in comparison to Perry's rivals. Conservative commentators frequently point to what they see as undercoverage of President Barack Obama's misstatements (see: states, 57). And the campaign has openly pushed to make the infamous "oops" soundbite into a "human moment" rather than as a devastating display of mental floundering.

At least some voters see it that way.

When the candidate's wife knocked on her door last month in Spartanburg, SC -- when the "oops" moment was at its rawest -- retiree Martha Williams mentioned the flub unsolicited, causing winces from the assembled staff.

"That's all right, I thought it was quite funny," Williams went on. "I think it shows he's a human."

"He is," Anita Perry responded. "Thank you."

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  • by Dark Horse on Dec 11, 2011 at 06:58 PM
    If George Bush had a dumber brother, Perry would be it.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    A Texas TV station asked their viewers if R. Perry should quit the race, the outcome was 97% YES, 3% no. Well how come Perry has not gone home yet?.
  • by flip Location: grifton on Dec 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    I recon that makes Obama an idiot for saying he had traveled to "all 57 States" ,its easy to understand why he always uses a teleprompter .
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      by Poker Player on Dec 11, 2011 at 05:24 PM in reply to flip
      I'll see your 57 states and raise you a Rick Perry!
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        by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2011 at 06:52 AM in reply to Poker Player
        Or a Bachmann...or a Cain...or a Newt....or well...any of them.
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      by Party of Clowns on Dec 11, 2011 at 05:44 PM in reply to flip
      People are not seeking the dumbest man in our second largest state, either. He doesn't know his own platform, the voting age, the voting date, the number of Supreme Court justices, or who we are fighting in the Middle East. These are things an average middle-sch­ool student outside Texas should know.
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      by W hat ? on Dec 11, 2011 at 05:56 PM in reply to flip
      It's funny, but by this time in Dubya's term, he already had enough Bushisms to make a calendar. All we ever get from the tro//s is '57 states' or 'corpseman­'. Try and find something worthwhile to post next time.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Dec 12, 2011 at 05:42 AM in reply to W hat ?
        I thought England was part of the UK? When did Hawaii become part of Asia? Did Obama sell Hawii?
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      by Amazing on Dec 12, 2011 at 06:28 PM in reply to flip
      This morning Chuck Todd explained that gaffes become important when they reinforce something that is questioned or known about the candidate. SO - Romney's "$10,000 bet" and "corporati­ons are people" take on importance because he is known to be wealthy and thought to be 'out of touch'. Perry's NUMEROUS gaffes resonate because he is thought to be intellectu­ally challenged­. Obama is known, by people who know anything, to be a smart man (and a Christian) - so you're just wasting your time parroting these FoxNews tidbits. No one cares.
  • by Ben on Dec 11, 2011 at 05:39 AM
    Ask yourself which is worse -- making a gaffe or lying at every opportunity to advance a socialist agenda. I'll take Perry over Obama in any situation.
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      by H a Ha Ha on Dec 11, 2011 at 05:23 PM in reply to Ben
      Making gaffe after gaffe after gaffe, now that's worst!!!But great for the late night comics.
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      by H a Ha Ha on Dec 11, 2011 at 05:47 PM in reply to Ben
      Rick Perry says he is not a robot, yet in a way he is quite robotic, in that he can be counted on to continuall­y make gaffes, in the same manner that a robot continues what ever task it is programed to perform. A candidate for president who feels strongly that some government agencies, should be eliminated­, because of uselessnes­s, should certainly remember their names. since there are only nine Supreme Court justices, if there are one or two that you disagree on the issues you should know their names. How can he expect to be elected president if he doesn't know the so called enemy.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2011 at 10:31 PM
    What is it with Texas? Obviously they have a really poor educational system.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2011 at 07:01 AM in reply to
      One of the worst in the country actually...with the rest of the south not far behind.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2011 at 10:29 PM
    Unfortunately Repubs are just as brain dead.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 at 09:29 AM in reply to
      WOW!, what a comment, did you learn that on TV? maybe you need to sit and read a little more! spend your welfare on a book or 2
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Dec 10, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    I like his values and conservative economic ideology, but I think he could serve the country better in a different capacity than as president.
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      by Sad but True on Dec 11, 2011 at 05:51 PM in reply to Stan
      I agree with you, Stan, he should run for Dog Catcher, In addition to "someone who's got values", voters, most importantl­y are looking for someone who knows what the heck they're talking about. You need not be a rocket scientist to become President of the United States. However, a candidate must exhibit a modicum of elementary education when challenged with facts that are not in dispute. In light of what we've learned about Rick Perry to date, his values argument should perhaps be saved for his church group.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2011 at 01:47 PM
    Is Perry the only one who doesn't realize he's out of this race?
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      by Party of Fools on Dec 10, 2011 at 03:43 PM in reply to
      Obviously not, a lot of defending TeaPubs are still in denial, you know, the same one's who defended Cain, Bachmann, Palin, Bush, Huckabee, Trump.......
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      by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 at 05:53 PM in reply to
      Rick Perry thinks that "Real People" are as dumb as he is.
  • by George W on Dec 10, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    This man...he be awesome! I mean, he's my kind a people! He's the kind of guy I'd like to sit down and have a beer with! THAT'S what we need as our prezdent!
  • by McIntosh Location: The South on Dec 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM
    Ahh, if only the media would play up Obama's mistakes the same way. We all know the 57 states and "corpse man" were overlooked but did you hear about Obama's Hanakkuh party this week? First, it was two weeks early and then our oh-so-sophisticated and wordly President lit all eight candles! (You are supposed to light one per night) If Bush had done that, it would have been played all over the comedy shows. The double-standard is incredible and we have this as president because of the media's bias.
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      by The Borg on Dec 10, 2011 at 02:03 PM in reply to McIntosh
      McIntosh, I couldn't have put it any better. Is it any wonder people are turning off network news, including the Communist News Network, or MS"DNC". Thanks for pointing out the hypocrisy of the drive by media!
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      by Ha ha Ha on Dec 10, 2011 at 03:40 PM in reply to McIntosh
      Why do you Repugs keep whining about the 57 state thing? Is that the best you got?? Just look at all the material the Republicans have given to the late night comics (on a weekly basis). If I were you, I would just take my medicine like the Idiots you are.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2011 at 05:09 PM in reply to Ha ha Ha
        we could talk about his "muslim faith"... not knowing what state he is in, there are a lot of them if you have the brains to look
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      by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2011 at 07:01 AM in reply to McIntosh
      If by overlooked, you mean covered by Fox news and 'Conservative' publications 24/7 for weeks straight, then yes, it was overlooked.

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