Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry traumatized the entire nation when he spent 53 seconds trying to remember which federal agencies he would cut, if elected.
Watching Perry scramble in a mind warp on national television caused excruciating discomfort, even to his foes.
As reported at the reference:
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Texas Gov. Rick Perry suffered from a severe case of brain freeze on stage at the ninth Republican presidential debate in Michigan on Wednesday night -- forgetting which federal agencies he would cut if elected president.Perry’s self-demolition did provide a measure of peace for Herman Cain as the big story turned out to be Perry’s babbling incoherence.
While answering a question about the federal tax code, Perry announced that he would eliminate three agencies.
"It's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone. Commerce, education and ..." Perry said before an exceedingly long, awkward pause.
Finally a rival tried to come to the rescue. "The EPA?" former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney chimed in.
"There you go," Perry said before admitting that that was not the one he had intended. Moderator John Harwood interjected, saying, "Seriously?"
"No sir," Perry replied.”
This is another devastating blow to a field of candidates that looked formidable just a couple of months ago.