Rick Perry: how to recover from a public self-humiliation

I’m sure most of you have heard about Governor Perry’s brain-freeze in last night’s debate. (If not, see here, too, and prepare to cringe.) I only heard about it secondhand and still felt terrible for the guy. I’ve performed on stage and had that very thing happen to me — it’s one of the worst feelings one can have.

The question is, how does one handle it? Panic? Get angry at others? Ignore it? Via Moe Lane, the Perry campaign has handled this about as well it can be, by admitting and owning the flub and then asking people, “What part of the Federal Government would you like to forget about the most?

There are several good choices. For the record, I picked the NEA; the federal government should have no part in deciding what is “worthy” art.

We’ll see if the Perry campaign can recover from this and other debate stumbles. Regardless, they get a pat on the back for trying to make the best of the problem and not running from it.

PS: I’ve come to the conclusion I should stop backing candidates. Every time I do, something happens. I back Palin, she hems and haws and then pulls out. I back Perry, and he goes from being Superman to Alfred E. Newman. I can’t win.

PPS: On the other hand, maybe people should pay me money not to endorse their candidate. I’d get rich!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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3 Responses to Rick Perry: how to recover from a public self-humiliation

  1. […] Phineas noted: I’m sure most of you have heard about Governor Perry’s brain-freeze in last night’s debate. I only heard about it secondhand and still felt terrible for the guy. I’ve performed on stage and had that very thing happen to me — it’s one of the worst feelings one can have. […]

  2. Bob says:

    Rick should have taken a lesson from Sarah and written them on his hand.

    And I agree with you about the NEA. Not to mention PBS, Dept. of Education, EPA, Dept. of Homeland Security, BATF, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, TSA, Dept. of Agriculture, etc., etc., etc.

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