Skip to comments.Why Rick Perry's Brain Freeze Matters
Posted on 11/09/2011 8:50:24 PM PST by This Just In
Why Rick Perry's Brain Freeze Matters
By W. James Antle, III on 11.9.11 @ 10:49PM
Everybody has at some point lost their train of thought. I've set out to make multiple points on television and forgotten one, or forgotten if I had run through them all, before myself. So on one level, Rick Perry's inability to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate is simply part of being human.
Unfortunately, it also seems to be a big part of what it means to be candidate Rick Perry. There are small debate gaffes that seem to sum up what's wrong with an entire campaign -- Bob Dole's "Democrat wars" line in 1976, George Bush looking at his watch in 1992, Al Gore sighing prissily and behaving like a lunatic in 2000. This is one of them.
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Look. I loathe Obama. But someone else’s stupidity is irrelevant as it pertains to another. Saying, essentially, “well they did it too” doesn’t address the problem at all. Yeah, Obama is horrid and needs to go. But Perry is STILL a moron and needs to go too.
On the other hand, it is very easy to imagine him being utterly humiliated by Obama in debate after debate. It is also easy to imagine the MSM ripping him to shreds and Perry being unable to defend himself or defend conservative viewpoints. I remember Perry being called a "slick politician" here on FR. Was that ever wrong!
He had spinal fusion surgery just a few months ago. I wouldn’t assume there are not some ongoing physical effects and perhaps ongoing medication.
He does not look alert, except in brief moments, and he looks physically uncomfortable, even when he is not speaking but merely watching the other candidates.
If I liked his record as governor, I suppose I could find a way to overlook this - perhaps. Adding this shot in his own foot to the others and piling on the major goofs he has made as governor as well leaves me thinking:
MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN
Chris Bell should challenge Barack for the Democrat nomination. He lost races for Houston Mayor, House of Reps., Governor. He should put in onward and upward to prove the Peter Principle.
Chris Bell will forever be a footnote in the anus of history for launching the “ethics” probe against Tom DeLay as a lame duck congressman when he found himself voted out of office because redistricting permitted a BLACK democrat to take his seat. What a racist putz rat. Just the Democrat the challenge Obama.
My wife had that surgery, followed by a heart cath. I have known others to have issues with their heart following the surgery as well. I wonder if he has been checked out recently as low blood oxygen could explain some of the lack of concentration and fatigue as well.
Good grief. Its Perrys record as governor that I like not whether or not hes silver-tongued and slick like that weasel Obama.
Please. Give it up!!! Perry dude doesn’t have it. He’s my Governor (embarrassing to have to admit that) and I’ve said for years that the guy is a light-weight who is the Governor of a State where the Guv’s office is a “weak” position in Texas; almost ceremonial. After tonight’s Debate, put a fork in him; he’s done. Why do the Perry supporters prolong the inevitable. LET IT GO!!!
His surgery was in June.
The jogging might be trying to put on a good show so as not to raise questions of his health, who knows.
If the country had not suffered Bush’s inability to verbally fight with the Left and explain and defend his actions, people would not be intolerant of Perry’s weakness in verbal expression. He had no slick representatives to fight in the media and he could not do it. I am not prone to being for slick talkers as a priority in a candidate - normally.
But it’s not okay at this time after Bush (Rove) failed so miserably to fight off the Dems on every major issue facing his presidency beginning with the 911 investigation when he put Jamie Gorlick on the panel to cover up for Clinton, and rampaging through the Iraq war where Condi Rice got him to say there were no WMD, and finally the bankster real estate loan scam Clinton worked out with the banksters during his term and the bankster bailouts that no one thought was right.
Tooooooo much unsaid and all the communist spins, cover ups and lies stuck.
I haven’t posted to you since you told me not to while you were defending Cain’s inconsistency on abortion law a few weeks ago. However, you have crossed a very important line here by giving a medical opinion that you are not in any way qualified to make. A practicing neurologist wouldn’t be able to make a positive diagnosis from these debates.
However, as a Family Physician, I can rule out syndromes.
I would be very comfortable confirming that forgetting a point while speaking is not a sign of a neurological problem. He is logical, goal oriented, his memory is otherwise intact and organized and connected for complex concepts and collections.
The pattern that I’ve noticed is that he appears to be thinking the issues through anew, as he goes along, rather than spewing slogans and sound bites.
This statement is illogical:
“Perry has also raised questions about his two biggest assets: his conservatism relative to Mitt Romney and his electablity relative to all the non-Romney candidates. Perrys slip symbolizes both problems.”
I wonder if people who know Perry have noticed any changes in the last few years.
Yeah, that's what happened, ROTFLMOBAMAO!
The sad thing is that in the future the revisionists will blame this brain freeze rather than the “Heartless” comment for the demise of his campaign. It was already over, this was just window dressing.
Even so...he recovered nicely and handled it well...and I don’t support him in fact would oppose him and have. However his response of.... “glad I had my boots on tonight for I sure stepped into it out there”..... was excellant.
I give credit where due and further do not expect perfection from any candidate in these debates...especially in THESE debates.
Still he does continue to make blunders with some frequency but I suspect he’s just never going to do well in debates much..just not in his makeup for whatever reasons...and we hear plenty of those here on FR.
Texas — have you no shame? My Gawd, that boy is stooooopid!
He has generally seemed uniformed and uninterested in matters of substance. His forgetfulness was the only memorable thing about his entire performance.
Fairly or not, it has raised questions about his intellect.
Perry has also raised questions about his two biggest assets: his conservatism relative to Mitt Romney and his electablity relative to all the non-Romney candidates. Perry's slip symbolizes both problems.
It is hard to imagine him successfully debating President Obama.
And what conservative can't come up with considerably more than three agencies he would like to abolish?"
Some people need to get off their high horse and pay attention to what they are reading instead of framing it thereafter “out of context”.
It's no secret Perry's done poorly at debates...nobody needed this article to inform them except those not paying attention.
Sheesh...I'm suspecting you're likely one of those who jumps at every chance and assumes an awful lot in order to make your claims...wrongful as they may be.
thems fightin words. Of course Texas has shame. Weve made mistakes, we joined the USA, didn’t we.
Had we not The Republ;ic of Texas would be the 6th largest economy in the world, we’d be shipping you your earl (Oil for you yankees) and karl rove would be our president. Again we do make mistakes.
I believe Preparation H will help with the swelling. A diaper change will alleviate that nasty rash, and a nap should clear your head.
Let’s take this from the top.........
“It is known that when “three” of anything is presented as a question the first two will always come to mind quickly but the third hangs most people up...they have to think and often get it wrong.
What are the top three cola beverages? ...and there are three. I venture all would be fast to say Coke and Pepsi...but what of the third?”
You’re using Perry’s “Brain Freeze” to qualify your “cola” point. It’s a flawed analogy. Antle makes a case by drawing on Perry’s consistent inability to effectively debate other candidates. Furthermore, he specifically sights the fact that Perry couldn’t even recall an agency, and yet it was Perry who introduced the “abolish” topic. It was his own baby, so to speak, and Perry couldn’t remember one of his own childs name.
Your cola analogy is an illogical hypothetical because you’ve chosen an arbitrary example. The question presented to Perry wasn’t an arbitrary one.
You also quote Antle in an effort to draw the parallel. You said:
“Rick Perry’s inability to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate is simply part of being human.”
This is taken out of context, which is why I posted Antle’s following paragraph. The above sentence, on its own, appears to justify Rick Perry’s lapse of memory, but, in fact that’s not Antle’s point. He goes on to clarify his observation.
“He does not look alert, except in brief moments, and he looks physically uncomfortable, even when he is not speaking but merely watching the other candidates.”
Nah, he’s just not the brightest bulb in the pack. I think his wife is the brains behind the throne.
Saying Perry is human is insulting--they`re all human. He`s up for the job of most powerful person on the planet, and this is the interview.
I`ve kept an open mind, but Perry failed tonight. Looking at the whole field, I am convinced of two things that scare the heck out of me--Romney is going to get the nomination, and Obama is going to win as of now.
We have to turn this around, and fast. I have no idea who can do it. I like Cain, but if I hear `9-9-9` again as the answer to everything, I`m gonna hurl. The Princess line may make us chuckle, but one thing independents hate about Obama is his divisiveness--enjoy the yucks, but Cain is marginalizing himself. Newt is smart but he will be destroyed by a year of personal stuff. Depressing.
P.S. — FRiends, don't EVEN click that link unless you REALLY want to be disgusted.
A fine rant! I concur!
Do we want Rick Perry representing us in the campaign against Obama?
To ask the question is to answer it.
It’s better that this happened now, early in the primary, than later, in the middle of the general election.
Newt has his problems, but he’s now my choice.
The problem of the debates with Obama can be easily solved by having Perry’s teleprompter debate TOTUS. Perry can go back to has mansion in Texas, and Obama can go on vacation.
Actually, the gaffe wasn’t all that bad. The problem was not knowing how to move on and dwelling on it.
Perry should have simply said, “It’ll come to me. It happens.”
His problem was in extending the moment into embarrassing silence and continuing to fumble it. Using that football analogy, you’re not supposed to pick up a fumble. You’re supposed to just fall on it.
That’s also the rule in public speaking. Short cover and then move on.
This is his signature issue. It should not require "thinking the issues through anew".
I have read your bio and done a little research on the organizations you highlight there. It seems that you have done considerable work with Mrs. Perry in the past and perhaps know the Perrys rather well.
With all due respect, (and I honestly mean respect) you may, perhaps, be too close to the family to be offering objective opinions regarding his performance tonight and his overall fitness for the position of President of the United States.
No, I’m just a pro-life activist. I’ve talked to Mrs. Perry once, and to him only in meet and greet lines and events. The Governor is unfailingly pro-life and pro-family, and he has won my loyalty that way. He attends pro-life Rallies and stays the whole time - he doesn’t just speak and leave or send a video.
My usual line is “I’m like Ronald Reagan, and believe in voting with the candidate who agrees with me 80% of the time. It’s just that pro-life is 90%.”
Losing a word or phrase is not pathological, it’s normal. We were watching for gaffes, and it was more obvious to us than usual because he gave a number up front.
From what I can tell, he’s genuine, knows how to say, “I stepped in it,” and seems to learn from his mistakes. I’ve seen him be polite to a man that followed him around with a video camera, hounding him with “Truther” questions.
But he reacts to the interviewers and/or other speakers and the situation, mixing what he knows for the situation, rather than giving canned answers.
Fair enough. Have a blessed day.
Because the only choice left is Newt and we’re not ready to go there yet. Florida is January 31...we’ll see what happens at that point.
No, I’m not supporting Cain. He’s got absolutely nothing to offer with any substance.
No, Im not supporting Cain. Hes got absolutely nothing to offer with any substance.
PULEEEEEZE!!! He’s the ONLY one who has submitted an Economic /Jobs plan that is understandable and doable. Maybe you haven’t heard of it; it’s called the 9/9/9/ Plan. Whether you agree with him or not, he has offered a lot of substance in this process.
Have a nice day!
I’m really starting to wonder if, since his back surgery, Perry might be on some strong pain meds. Every Debate a disaster and the bizarre speech in NH where many thought he was drunk..... Something is seriously wrong here.
Debate Moderator: Question for you, Former Speaker Gingrich. What's your biology term paper on?
Newt: Juxtabronchial organ secretions in the higher mollusks.
Debate Moderator: And you, Gov. Perry?
Perry: Our Friend the Beaver.
It appears you are as frustrated as I am.
Sorry, can’t back anybody who wants to add another revenue stream for the Federal government...it’s a suckers bet.
RINO Rove gave the country RINO Bush and he’sw trying everything in his power to give the country RINO Romney.
If the liberal Romney somehow manages to buy the presidency, conservatives in the GOP is dead and two parties have effectively merged.
He still gets a pass for being the architect of ObamaCare and all the other candidates basically refuse to call him out on it. Fox News gives him a pass on his liberal ways and are in the tank for him. Hell would freeze over before I voted for the liberal Romney and I am not alone in that regard.