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Why Rick Perry's Brain Freeze Matters
The American Spectator ^ | 11.9.11 | W. James Antle, III

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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KEYWORDS: brainless; heartless; oops; perry; perrythecowboy; rickperry
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1 posted on 11/09/2011 8:50:26 PM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In

That is just scary...we can’t have that in a debate against Obama...the press would destroy him and paint him as 5 times the dunce the painted Bush......


2 posted on 11/09/2011 8:51:32 PM PST by teg_76
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To: This Just In

I love the way Perry is able to laugh at himself and that he is human. Makes all the others appear so robotic.


3 posted on 11/09/2011 8:52:32 PM PST by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: teg_76

Perry is not the candidate of “D’Oh!”

He’s the candidate of Hell “D’Oh!”


4 posted on 11/09/2011 8:53:16 PM PST by Avery Iota Kracker (He Hate Me Uns)
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To: This Just In

I couldn’t think of 3 government agencies I wouldn’t cut or abolish. lol.


5 posted on 11/09/2011 8:54:55 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: varina davis

“Makes all the others appear so robotic.”

Or more capable of debating other presidential candidates, and fielding questions they should know the answers to.


6 posted on 11/09/2011 8:55:08 PM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In

Of course it matters. Perry is finished. He needs to drop out gracefully over the next week or two.


7 posted on 11/09/2011 8:55:36 PM PST by montag813
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To: Avery Iota Kracker

lol


8 posted on 11/09/2011 8:55:39 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: This Just In

Look Perry just can’t go the full distance in debates. So he goes for a good 5 or 6 innings, tires and then send in his relief debator.
Just send in his wife Anita in the closer role. Use the Clinton line—you get two for one if Perry wins the presidency. Voila...


9 posted on 11/09/2011 8:55:55 PM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: GeronL

Well it’s a good thing you’re not running for president. :^)


10 posted on 11/09/2011 8:56:02 PM PST by This Just In
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To: montag813

he shouldn’t stretch it out. Don’t go “gracefully” (as a one-legged blind penguin in the glassware department likely), just go.


11 posted on 11/09/2011 8:57:17 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: varina davis

It’s not like Perry was asked the name of the second assistant to the undersecretary for contraception of Zimbabwe...it was his own point that he could not remember!

If he truly believed in what he was saying, it would flow naturally from his heart, instead of a sub-optimally memorized list of debating points.

This is the top tier?

Jump.


12 posted on 11/09/2011 8:58:45 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota (Which are you? A producer, a looter, or a moocher of wealth?)
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To: This Just In

Rick had obviously spent long hours working on questions and the appropriate responses. Sadly, tonight he displayed symptoms of a neurological problem, not just a momentary memory lapse. When you combine his speech patterns and deer-in-the-headlights moments with this latest ‘brain freeze’, I’m afraid Mrs. Perry needs to take Rick home and enjoy what time they have left together. He is a nice amn, and he means well, but he is not well, IMHO. The stress is not good for him at this stage in whatever is wrong.


13 posted on 11/09/2011 8:59:45 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: This Just In

Good grief. It’s Perry’s record as governor that I like not whether or not he’s silver-tongued and slick like that weasel Obama.


14 posted on 11/09/2011 9:00:03 PM PST by Srdubya
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To: Srdubya

Unfortunately, our idiot electorate mistakes campaigning like a scripted movie star with substance. Perry is actually very good on federalism, spending, energy, taxes, and a host of other issues and knows how to get things done. Nevertheless, the situation is what it is. Now we are stuck. Flakey Newt, 2 candidates who just don’t have the wattage, a man who is far too principled and partly wrong about foreign policy, and one who is damaged because of a well orchestrated smear campaign. This is a mess.

Cain is probably the best of what is left.


15 posted on 11/09/2011 9:05:45 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Srdubya

I’m curious, Knowing the structure of the Texas Legislature what pray tell has Perry done, except like GWB, get the hell out of the way? Our LT. Gov has more power than him.


16 posted on 11/09/2011 9:06:19 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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To: teg_76

If it was just a one debate - goof, that would be understandable. But looking back to debate 3, I see a pattern.

Perry -
“I think Americans just don’t know sometimes which Mitt Romney they’re dealing with. Is it the Mitt Romney that was on the side of — against the Second Amendment before he was for the Second Amendment? Was it — was before — he was before the social programs from the standpoint of — he was for standing up for Roe versus Wade before he was against first — Roe versus Wade? Him — he was for Race to the Top. He’s for Obamacare and now he’s against it. I mean, we’ll wait until tomorrow and — and — and see which Mitt Romney we’re really talking to tonight.”


17 posted on 11/09/2011 9:06:54 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Srdubya

Welcome to Free Republic.

I understand your point, and our central focus are our candidates platform and public record. The concerns surrounding Rick Perry’s performance are legitimate. Antle rightly recognizes the fact that if Perry were to be the presidential nominee, his debating Obama would be a disaster. Again, the author here is not focusing on one gaffe. As he pointed out, Perry doesn’t possess the gift of gab, if you will, and his public debates are a perfect example of these facts.

Also, if Perry can’t consistently think on his feet, how can he lead the free world? Furthermore, Perry was answering a question to an issue he introduced himself. Even Mr. Perry acknowledges this serious blunder.

The question isn’t whether or not a candidate misspoke. The question is whether or not the mistake is a symptom of a deeper problem.


18 posted on 11/09/2011 9:11:45 PM PST by This Just In
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To: varina davis

“”I love the way Perry is able to laugh at himself and that he is human.””

Watch the video again, after the little laugh, he continued to struggle, with his demeanor going from a tough talking cowpoke, to someone cornered, looking towards Romney for mercy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6an4zSj8LhU


19 posted on 11/09/2011 9:12:31 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Texas Toast.


20 posted on 11/09/2011 9:15:19 PM PST by Orange1998 (Obama also inherited AAA credit rating.)
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To: This Just In

Paging Anita Perry... Please pick up your husband at the campaign exit lounge.


21 posted on 11/09/2011 9:15:21 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: montag813

Isn’t there a reverse mortgage company out there looking for a spokesmodel with good hair?


22 posted on 11/09/2011 9:16:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: teg_76
"paint him as 5 times the dunce the painted Bush"

The right are the dunces for considering any of these ninny-no-can-wins as their candidate.


23 posted on 11/09/2011 9:17:35 PM PST by I see my hands (Keep your sunny side up!)
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To: teg_76
Will Barack get to have a teleprompter at his debate? Or will he just get softball questions from debate moderators who are already voting for him and have penned pro-Bama books set to hit the streets on Inauguration Day?
24 posted on 11/09/2011 9:18:00 PM PST by a fool in paradise ('Are now or have you ever been a member of the tea party?' is NOT a legitimate debate question.)
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To: NavyCanDo

Yep, this nation cannot survive another Texican that can’t string words together. If you thought GWB was bad, and I did from the get go, as my posts will attest, then this guy is pure poison, I mean with the directions on the heel he couldn’t.


25 posted on 11/09/2011 9:18:00 PM PST by Carl from Marietta (Cain, there's a new sheriff in town.)
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To: varina davis

Nice try. Yeah, us older voters, who have been around a bit, are laughing also. Laughing at this illegal lovin’ kid ricarrdo perrynista being so GD dumb he forgets his own states best point. Energy!!


26 posted on 11/09/2011 9:19:00 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: teg_76

Agreed. Perry needs to bow out now.


27 posted on 11/09/2011 9:19:50 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: This Just In

Some people are good one on one, and some are good as public speakers....Perry looks to be the former, just like G W Bush was....which makes it difficult for him to garner a large following. Plus, he is from Texas, and his accent is like Bush’s....too many similarities.


28 posted on 11/09/2011 9:20:18 PM PST by goodnesswins (My Kid/Grandkids are NOT your ATM, liberals! (Sarah Palin))
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To: corbe

Rick Perry was Lt. Governor of Texas when GW Bush was one of those “get the hell out of the way” governors.


29 posted on 11/09/2011 9:20:51 PM PST by a fool in paradise ('Are now or have you ever been a member of the tea party?' is NOT a legitimate debate question.)
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To: This Just In
Rick Perry's inability to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate is simply part of being human.

I agree, though I don't support him. 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.

Example...

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?

Same with Phone companies....Utilities...Retail Stores...Soap Detergents...Car Manufacturers....and the list goes on

Always the first two can come to mind relatively quickly...the third...never comes as fast.

30 posted on 11/09/2011 9:21:53 PM PST by caww
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Isn’t there a reverse mortgage company out there looking for a spokesmodel with good hair?

I can see it now...

Producer: Alright, from the top. Take 27, go!

Perry: Hi, I'm Rick...um Perry.......aw damn!

31 posted on 11/09/2011 9:22:10 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: dragnet2; varina davis

I assure you, Perry wasn’t laughing inside, nor was he laughing after he left the stage.

I doubt Perry was laughing when he said, “I stepped in it.”


32 posted on 11/09/2011 9:23:06 PM PST by This Just In
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To: achilles2000
“Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God [Exodus 18:21]. . . . If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted . . . If our government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws”…. Noah Webster, ‘The History of the United States’

As you say the 'idiot electorate' vote us into corruption.

33 posted on 11/09/2011 9:23:10 PM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: teg_76
That is just scary...we can’t have that in a debate against Obama...the press would destroy him and paint him as 5 times the dunce the painted Bush......
That's the bottom line. We are going up with an exceedingly powerful campaigner in Barak Obama. Not that he's particularly bright (Newt will shred him if he gets the chance) but he is smooth and is extremely well integrated with the DNC spin machine and the MSM... the ENTIRE MSM. They love him and he works well with him.

To put Rick Perry up against all that... it would be unconscionable.

I like Rick Perry, but the future of our country is at stake and I refuse to risk it on his absolute inability to communicate.

We need a communicator.

Newt is one. Cain is another. My personal preference right now is Newt.

34 posted on 11/09/2011 9:27:20 PM PST by samtheman
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To: caww

Your analogy is flawed.

First of all, I (or Perry, for that matter) didn’t suggest abolishing three of the cola brands, phones, utilities, Retail stores, detergents, car manufacturers.

Furthermore, you’re taking Antle’s article out of context. The author also wrote:

“Perry has bombed every debate since he entered the race. 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?”


35 posted on 11/09/2011 9:29:10 PM PST by This Just In
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To: Windflier
I can see it now...

Producer: Alright, from the top. Take 27, go!

Perry: Hi, I'm Rick...um Perry.......aw damn!

Windflier - you never disappoint. That was funny. Another good post to add your collection.

36 posted on 11/09/2011 9:30:00 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: caww

The only problem with your post #30 is that ENERGY is Perry’s NUMBER ONE ISSUE!

And that’s the department he forgot.

Like I said, anyone else... no big deal.

But for a serial debate-loser... it’s killer. I’m not ready to say “end of the road”... but things are definitely heading in that direction.


37 posted on 11/09/2011 9:30:02 PM PST by samtheman
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To: MHGinTN

There is something wrong with him.

Some sort of chemical imbalance involving neurotransmitters. Hopefully it is not being caused by anything more serious than stress and burn-out. He needs to get physically checked out.

This is of a piece with the over-animated gesturing we saw before.

Maybe the particular pain-killers he has been prescribed for his back surgery have over-taxed his nervous system.


38 posted on 11/09/2011 9:30:42 PM PST by Meet the New Boss
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To: goodnesswins

I’ve watched every Bush presidential debate. When it comes to debating, Perry is not like Bush.


39 posted on 11/09/2011 9:31:58 PM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In

You could hear contributors slapping their faces all the way back in Austin.


40 posted on 11/09/2011 9:33:40 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: LachlanMinnesota

“It’s not like Perry was asked the name of the second assistant to the undersecretary for contraception of Zimbabwe...it was his own point that he could not remember!”

I feel too embarrassed, being from Texas, to actually watch him. But I have been saying for months that when Perry last year promised Texans that he would not run for president (he was up for re-election), he was not lying - he had never given it any thought. But then Mitch Daniels, the Indiana governor that lived in a crack-house during college, but didn’t know it (he also sold out his toll road to a foreign company), dropped out - and POW!! that was the opening he (or maybe Anita) needed.

So he jumped in, figuring that he could use the same method that’s worked so well in Texas - which is to ignore the competition, and wait to be coronated (in fact, in 10 years and 3 elections, he’s only had 4 debates as governor, and 3 of them were in 2002, I think). For whatever reason, either the media doesn’t care about him, or the people of the state don’t - but I think it’s safe to say that most Texans on this site (me included) have learned much more about Perry in the past 2 months, as opposed to the past 10 years.

The problem he’s had since running for prez is that the others are serious and have spent years (if not longer) preparing, and were not about to roll over and play dead (as the Republicans do for him in Texan). He was going to have to FIGHT for the nomination and that would have been a difficult job for a governor who’d been planning to be president for years...and is next to impossible for a governor who’s only had a few months to prepare.

Finally, there was a clue when his grades at Texas A&M University were released. They were horrendous (something like a 2.16 out of 4.0). To me they showed someone that didn’t learn stuff quickly, or at least didn’t learn stuff that he wasn’t particularly interested in.

So, in the end, not a surprise to this Texan. Also not a surprise that he had been in the lead for a short time...I don’t blame the country for wanting a piece of the Texas Miracle. And on that, I have always credited Perry for not screwing up the state. He inherited a healthy economy and was fortunate to have a state constitution that essentially prohibited ‘extracting equity’ from homes - and thus prevented the housing bubble...and did not significantly screw that up.

But the problem at the federal level is that the next president doesn’t inherit the ‘Texas Miracle’, rather he (or Hillary) inherits a government drowning in debt, with even bigger future obligations; a country that could go the way of Greece and now Italy, at any time. Sitting back and doing nothing is not enough...we’ll need someone that can lead and explain to people that uncomfortable things must take place to get this country healthy again.


41 posted on 11/09/2011 9:35:34 PM PST by BobL (Send Rove a Message, VOTE CAIN, no matter what)
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To: a fool in paradise
You are correct Sir. They were not friends, even then. but there is someone else in Texas Politics that holds a great amount of power also. The LT. Gov decides what Legislation is Ramroded through, but and I may be mistaken, The Speaker of the House gets to decide what Legislation gets voted on. Please correct me if I'm wrong. The Gov of Texas, by our Constitution is basically just a figure head. They have powers in a special session of our Legislature which only meets every 2 years, but again it's the Lt Gov and the Speaker. A Great TX Gov like GWB and Perry know how to pull the strings and make it all work. Perry is a GREAT Gov (considering the choices we had KBH, Bill White) as was GWB, but it doesn't require a leap of faith to believe they could make a great President.
42 posted on 11/09/2011 9:38:24 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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To: dragnet2

Sadly, this was Perry’s Howard Dean Moment (although, it wasn’t THAT bad).


43 posted on 11/09/2011 9:40:51 PM PST by This Just In
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To: re_nortex
;-)
44 posted on 11/09/2011 9:48:22 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: BobL

Good analysis. I’m also a native Texan, and I’ve been warning people on conservative sites for months not to dive so fast onto the Perry bandwagon. I got some grief over it, but maybe now they’re starting to see why.


45 posted on 11/09/2011 9:49:26 PM PST by HHFi
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To: varina davis
I love the way Perry is able to laugh at himself and that he is human. Makes all the others appear so robotic.

If he got into the general election and stumbled like this against Nobama, and looked to Nobama for a lifeline the way he did to Ron Paul tonight....I don't even like to think about it.
46 posted on 11/09/2011 9:51:40 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Meet the New Boss
Maybe the particular pain-killers he has been prescribed for his back surgery have over-taxed his nervous system.

This is a rumor being spread by some - Perry is not in any serious pain, he's actually getting out and jogging when he can. He would not be out jogging if he were in so much pain that he requires medication.
47 posted on 11/09/2011 9:54:27 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: RIghtwardHo
Agreed. Perry needs to bow out now.

As long as Perry is between 5-10%, he deserves to stay in it. We're a ways away from where people with his numbers should be dropping out. Bachmann, Santorum, and Huntsman need to bail before him.
48 posted on 11/09/2011 9:56:29 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: RIghtwardHo

Have you ever heard Barry Soreto try to make a coherent sentence when his teleprompter goes out. He sounds like a gangbanger with a third grade education. Uh, Uh, ah, ah, uh, uh, ah, ah. He sounds like an idiot. There’s a reason why he refuses to release his college transcripts. This tongue tied stooge was elected president of the United States. How many times has he been called an idiot by the media for sounding exactly like one when that teleprompter goes out. The answer. Never. It’s bad enough seeing the liberal networks say how stupid Perry is. But I never thought I would hear it so much on this board. The man is human. Obama gets every break in the world, Romney is never called out for basically BSing his way around any question and never giving specifics on anything. But every move that Perry makes is questioned and belittled. It’s not right. By the way the winner of that so-called debate tonight was Ron Paul, who sounds like a college professor trying to explain economics to a class full of students.


49 posted on 11/09/2011 9:58:36 PM PST by Luther1917
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To: MHGinTN
Rick had obviously spent long hours working on questions and the appropriate responses. Sadly, tonight he displayed symptoms of a neurological problem, not just a momentary memory lapse. When you combine his speech patterns and deer-in-the-headlights moments with this latest ‘brain freeze’, I’m afraid Mrs. Perry needs to take Rick home and enjoy what time they have left together. He is a nice amn, and he means well, but he is not well, IMHO. The stress is not good for him at this stage in whatever is wrong.

Nothing is wrong with him, it could be quite painful watching him during the primary debates last year.
50 posted on 11/09/2011 10:00:42 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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