Poor Rick Perry. And I never in a million years thought I would type those words! But, honestly, as a human being, I can completely empathize with his "Oops!" moment last night. In the middle of telling a story or making a point and suddenly your brain freezes up and you can't remember what that point was? Yes, been there, done that. But I'm not running for president. I want anyone that I vote for for president to be smarter than I am and certainly better able to speak in public than I am. And that person is not Mr. Perry.
Long ago, the sainted Molly Ivins dubbed Perry "Governor Goodhair," the implication being that that's all he was - all hair and no ideas. Nothing under the hair. It's something that a lot of Texans have known throughout Perry's charmed life in public office. Now the rest of the country and the rest of the world is learning that, too.
Rick Perry will never be president. But will he now concede that point and get out of the race and stop embarrassing himself, his family, and Texas? "Shoot, no!" he says. So, as the interminable Republican debates continue, we can all look forward to more cringe-worthy moments like this:
It's going to be a long, long presidential campaign.