Riehl: Is Rick Perry Done?

Everyone here in Palinville who looks forward to good hard competition will be relieved to know that Gov. Rick Perry was NOT drunk at last night’s debate, all appearances to the contrary. It’s just that before taking the stage he inexplicably chose to receive a Gardasil shot, one of whose known side effects is mental slowness.

I heard about the whole pre-debate immunization from Michele Bachmann’s Twitter.

I could be wrong on that. It’s just the information I received.

But enough about my opinion of Perry’s debate performance, let’s hear Dan Riehl’s

I wanted Rick Perry to get into the race based mainly on what I’d heard. My initial reaction after he did was, well he didn’t consolidate the supporters of some lesser poling contenders, thereby dispatching them; however, all in all, he was doing quite well.

Going in, I saw these last three debates as critical to him, but by no means everything. Unfortunately, instead of seizing upon them as an opportunity, his now obviously very weak debating skills have proved to be disastrous. He went in as a fresh face and has now, to some extent, damaged himself. I’m by no means writing him off. But Perry’s path to the nomination just got a whole lot harder and longer. He comes out of these debates needing to turn things around, while facing an experienced and relentless Romney machine intent on not giving him the opportunity to do it.

I mentioned Rick Perry’s DREAM Act debate blunder in my round-up post.It gets second place.
The cringe-worthiest moment, by a hair, was when Perry botched what should have been his most potent attack on Mitt Romney’s chronic flip-flopping.

As I noted on Twitter when it happened, any random high schooler at the CPAC conference in Washington could have done better than this.

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