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Rick Perry's Damage Control Strategy: Have a Sense of Humor
The Atlantic ^ | November 10, 2011 | Molly Ball

Posted on 11/10/2011 2:37:12 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

By facing the issue and joking about it, Perry frames his gaffe as a funny moment rather than a serious, and seriously stupid, one. He takes control of the discussion. Every minute he's on the air being interviewed about it is one more minute his moment isn't being replayed, one more minute some panel of pundits isn't fretfully analyzing its stupendous terribleness. By allowing his memory glitch to be the topic of discussion and owning up to it, he helps exhaust the subject.

Most of all, Perry is being humanized, albeit not in the way any politician would wish.

For all the talk about the Republican field's lack of a credible conservative to take on Mitt Romney, there's another, just as glaring void: the humanity gap. Romney's woodenness and lack of approachability are arguably just as much of an issue as his ideological heresies and lack of consistency. He's just not relatable. A little personality goes a long way in a politician -- just look at Herman Cain.

Perry's reputation in Texas is as a folksy charmer, but it's a persona he seems to have left back in Austin for most of this campaign. He's been stilted and spacey and unsure by turns, with flashes of a better politician occasionally showing through.

Now, though it may be too late, Perry is seizing the chance to show he's just like us. He, too, saw what happened on that stage and groaned. He, too, thought he looked awfully dumb. But in refusing to let it get him down, he can show forthrightness and sincerity, two traits voters are surely wishing they saw more of from this field of Republican candidates.

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1 posted on 11/10/2011 2:37:14 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What else could he do?


2 posted on 11/10/2011 2:38:08 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Good luck.


3 posted on 11/10/2011 2:38:16 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He should do what Cain does and say he was only joking and that people need a sense of humor.


4 posted on 11/10/2011 2:39:37 PM PST by linn37
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To: napscoordinator

In the words of Mary Cooper: “Honey, that’s ain’t gonna work, but you keep trying!”


5 posted on 11/10/2011 2:39:37 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: napscoordinator

In the words of Mary Cooper: “Honey, that ain’t gonna work, but you keep trying!”


6 posted on 11/10/2011 2:39:49 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: napscoordinator

In the words of Mary Cooper: “Honey, that ain’t gonna work, but you keep trying!”


7 posted on 11/10/2011 2:39:53 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: napscoordinator

Oops!


8 posted on 11/10/2011 2:40:27 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: JaguarXKE

Even Mitt blew it on how long he’d been married.

Romney: ““I’m a man of steadiness and constancy,” he said. “I’ve married to the same woman for 25 — excuse me, I will get in trouble, for 42 years.”

And everyone laughed.


9 posted on 11/10/2011 2:40:54 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: linn37

As if humor was something new to Perry.
Why, the man’s a walking joke.


10 posted on 11/10/2011 2:43:51 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Waaaaaay too much was made of his brain-fart last night.

I changed from Perry to Cain because Perry couldn't explain the reasons behind some of his policies well enough to convince me that they were soundly-reasoned -- not because he might have a moment of forgetfulness.

11 posted on 11/10/2011 2:47:00 PM PST by BfloGuy (Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: MrEdd

+1

He’s like the joke that you mess up the punchline to, and stumble and try and say it again and again (”What was that? What was that, again? Hold on, it’s coming to me! Oh, I forgot, nevermind, but it was really good!”), until it’s not funny. Then you say “Oops.”


12 posted on 11/10/2011 2:47:23 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: MrEdd
As if humor was something new to Perry. Why, the man’s a walking joke.

Love it!

13 posted on 11/10/2011 2:48:08 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: BfloGuy

“Perry couldn’t explain the reasons behind some of his policies well enough to convince me that they were soundly-reasoned — not because he might have a moment of forgetfulness.”

They’re not soundly reasoned because he’s a moron. As they say, “politics is show business for ugly people.” Silly Perry forgets his lines.


14 posted on 11/10/2011 2:49:40 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: MrEdd

Right and Cain never misspeaks. How many things has he said that he has had to walk back so far. Todays was Princess Pelosi.


15 posted on 11/10/2011 2:50:02 PM PST by linn37
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Media narrative so far: Perry is a closet alcoholic, Cain is a womanizer, Bachmann is a nut, Palin is a trigger-happy reality tv star, and Paul is a radical. The question is which candidate are they going to target next? Romney, Gingrich, or are they going to revisit those other ones?


16 posted on 11/10/2011 2:50:43 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: linn37

There’s a difference between “misspeaking” and totally forgetting what the hell you’re talking about - big difference.


17 posted on 11/10/2011 2:53:03 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: yup2394871293
Gingrich has a new book
18 posted on 11/10/2011 2:53:53 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

At this point, IMHO, his best option is to suspend his presidential campaigning, but keep his name on the ballot; he’d be an asset to balance the ticket depending on who gets the nomination.


19 posted on 11/10/2011 2:56:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Too late. Just like Gerald Ford with his airplane stumble, Perry will be lacerated by the media, especially the self-styled late night comedian political opinion makers. Truth makes no difference to these people. They have power and they know how to use it to further their political goals.


20 posted on 11/10/2011 2:56:15 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I have to hand it to (you) Gov. Perry supporters.

This campaign has money, organization and a great Internet presence with a candidate that keeps repeatedly shooting himself in the foot at every opportunity.

For your sakes, I wish your candidate was as devoted to excellence as you all are.

21 posted on 11/10/2011 2:56:58 PM PST by Rational Thought
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To: rockabyebaby

Big deal he forgot a talking point and got busted. Cain just runs his mouth without thinking. Its pretty much the same thing.


22 posted on 11/10/2011 2:59:41 PM PST by linn37
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To: rockabyebaby

“There’s a difference between “misspeaking” and totally forgetting what the hell you’re talking about - big difference.”

And given the floor, and three attempts, still not being able to come up with it. In fact the third time, someone, I believe it was Ron Paul (I think, by the voice), had to help him to even get to two. Yowsers!


23 posted on 11/10/2011 3:01:32 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I'm worried about him but I believe this is the best way to handle it. Who among us haven't had a major brain fart? Mine was when I was speaking to about 60 engineers from TXDOT down in Austin. Bastrop was the place we first tested out product and I couldn't remember the name of that town to save my life.
24 posted on 11/10/2011 3:04:53 PM PST by Dusty Road
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To: linn37

Running your mouth and totally forgetting what you are talking about are NOT the same thing.


25 posted on 11/10/2011 3:06:05 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: MrEdd
Perry's an Aggie--just trying to show school spirit.

If only those people will vote for Perry who have had a similar moment of not being able to remember something that's "on the tip of their tongue" he would win in a landslide.

It may be that his campaign is finished after last night but I hope not. We are still almost 2 months away from the first caucuses--we need more "not Romeny" candidates than just Cain in case Cain can't convince primary voters that he is a viable candidate. Gingrich is smarter and more articulate than Perry but very vulnerable because of his personal history. We need someone who can beat Obama and who wold be a good President and who is a genuine conservative. I'm not convinced yet that Cain meets the "can beat Obama" criterion.

26 posted on 11/10/2011 3:06:58 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The way I see it, he memorized three talking points someone coached to be sure to bring up, but then he forgot them and flailed alround looking completely insincere like “Oops - I was supposed to look all resolute and decisive and I blew it.” Aw shucks.

We all forget things. But this was like some Hollywood prop falling over in an action flick and revealing how phony everything is. And he just kept flailing and looking dumber and faker. And he turns to Ron Paul who’s right there and Ron states at him as if to say “You steal my bit and now you want me bail you out?” Hell, Paul could’ve ticked off 400 things to cut AND meant it, but he just let Perry twist there. Perry turned helpless to Uncle Kook for help and suddenly it became perflectly clear that Uncle Kook wasn’t the craziest guy in the room - not by far.

It was more than just a muffed line. It showed how phony Good Old Boy Perry is.


27 posted on 11/10/2011 3:07:33 PM PST by Puddleglum
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hare, hunter, field.


28 posted on 11/10/2011 3:07:33 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: rockabyebaby

Running your mouth about things that you know jack**** about is probably worse. You are correct.


29 posted on 11/10/2011 3:08:20 PM PST by linn37
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To: JDW11235

Wonder what he’d sound like answering that 3am phone call?


30 posted on 11/10/2011 3:08:27 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: linn37

My aren’t we touchy and you still can’t see the difference, maybe you should have another sip of that kool aid.


31 posted on 11/10/2011 3:09:42 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Being the dunce is hilarious!


32 posted on 11/10/2011 3:10:01 PM PST by dforest
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33 posted on 11/10/2011 3:13:05 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: rockabyebaby; Liz

“Wonder what he’d sound like answering that 3am phone call?”

Well, duh? Anita, hey Anita, wake up. LOL


34 posted on 11/10/2011 3:13:19 PM PST by dforest
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To: BfloGuy

What happened to Perry in the debate has happened to people of high intelligence many times. It’s not a sign of stupidity. It could be caused by anxiety (aggravated by being bashed for prior poor performance in previous debates), or possibly by early manifestations of senile dementia. I don’t really think Perry is Presidential material, and his positions on immigration are awful, but his ability to laugh at himself raised him in my eyes. So did his speech in NH, which some thought sounded drunk, but I see as a folksy, countrified person being himself. We could do better, but we could do worse.


35 posted on 11/10/2011 3:16:42 PM PST by hellbender
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To: Dusty Road
Bastrop was the place we first tested out product and I couldn't remember the name of that town to save my life.

With the storm in AK, I was trying to remember where someone I know lives..I just couldn't..I knew it started with a K, it's an Island..I finally had to look on a map. Of course, as soon as I saw Kodiak, it was like, "D'oh!" I don't know why it just temporarily disappeared from my brain.

The weird thing was I could think of other places in Alaska, that I didn't even know I knew, but not Kodiak.

36 posted on 11/10/2011 3:16:55 PM PST by sockmonkey (Freepers, please turn yourself in at attackwatch.com)
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To: rockabyebaby

Thankfully, we’ll never find out. With his sunken face and beady eyes, he’s starting to remind me of a Texan Charlie Sheen.


37 posted on 11/10/2011 3:20:47 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: rockabyebaby

Hey, hey, now, don’t be heartless. Perry’s paid promoters are going to lose their paychecks, that’s probably why they’re so pushy.


38 posted on 11/10/2011 3:24:25 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: indylindy; Liz

“Wonder what he’d sound like answering that 3am phone call?”

“Well, duh? Anita, hey Anita, wake up. LOL”

Let’s hope it’s not a foreign official, or he may yammer on about the sound of their last name.


39 posted on 11/10/2011 3:26:38 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: linn37

He should have followed Cain’s lead and said “Hey, Newt, why don’t you take this question for me!!”


40 posted on 11/10/2011 3:27:29 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: JDW11235

I’m sorry if your candidate, if you have one, doesn’t give you enough wonderful things to talk about that you feel you have to waste your time trashing a dead candidate for him or her.


41 posted on 11/10/2011 3:28:43 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Puddleglum

“But this was like some Hollywood prop falling over in an action flick and revealing how phony everything is. And he just kept flailing and looking dumber and faker. And he turns to Ron Paul who’s right there and Ron states at him as if to say “You steal my bit and now you want me bail you out?” Hell, Paul could’ve ticked off 400 things to cut AND meant it, but he just let Perry twist there. Perry turned helpless to Uncle Kook for help and suddenly it became perflectly clear that Uncle Kook wasn’t the craziest guy in the room - not by far.”

Excellent points, all. But we have to give “Uncle Paul” credit. The third time, Perry didn’t even get to two, and Paul helped him with “Commerce,” I believe it was. Either Romney or Cain tossed out the EPA, which oddly should have at least made him think about “Energy” since the EPA’s main goal seems to be to destroy energy. Forget two hands and a flashlight, not even those would help.


42 posted on 11/10/2011 3:30:55 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: SunkenCiv


43 posted on 11/10/2011 3:33:02 PM PST by Iron Munro (One Trillion seconds = 31,709 years. One Trillion dollars = 3 Months of Obama Spending)
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To: hellbender

They laughed at Harry Truman, too, the little haberdasher from Missouri. But he beat Dewey in the upset of the century.


44 posted on 11/10/2011 3:35:14 PM PST by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I try to use humor about Rick Perry, but it’s starting to feel like we’re making fun of a retarded person, which is a little disconcerting.

.


45 posted on 11/10/2011 3:37:16 PM PST by bobk333
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Gov. Perry has been taking waterskiing lessons from The Fonz.


46 posted on 11/10/2011 3:41:37 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: JDW11235

Yes, JD. Three strikes and you’re out. I used to do that too but now I watch for the little circle in the upper left hand corner of the screen that is supposed to be moving. If it is,no more clicks. If not, you can click POST ONCE. LOL.


47 posted on 11/10/2011 3:42:37 PM PST by Mountain Mary (I'll take a Godfather's pizza with the works!)
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To: JDW11235

He’s not looking good....strain all over his face.


48 posted on 11/10/2011 3:44:30 PM PST by Mountain Mary (I'll take a Godfather's pizza with the works!)
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To: varina davis
Last night he was Reagan. Today is is Truman. He's losing ground in the past president comparisons too.
49 posted on 11/10/2011 3:49:49 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter ( The Prudential Governor... Have you bought your piece of the Rick)
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To: Mountain Mary

LOL, thanks for the advice. Actually what happened this time, is that I hit “Stop” and fixed a typo, but must not have done it in time. That’s why the first post has a typo. But then, when I hit post the 2nd time, I got an error message that popped up, and when I hit “Ok” it refreshed the page and sent it the 3rd time. Technology is grand.

(I have a bad typo issue, mostly because I read and write in two other languages most of the day, and I’m too lazy to use cut and paste back and forth into a spell checker. I try and catch my typos when I can, but alas, it led to a triple post!)


50 posted on 11/10/2011 3:51:05 PM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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