Perry Campaign Trying to Salvage Debate Implosion

Posted: Nov 10, 2011 7:27 AM

Email just in from Team Perry:

Friend & Supporter,

We’ve all had human moments. President Obama is still trying to find all 57 states. Ronald Reagan got lost somewhere on the Pacific Highway in an answer to a debate question. Gerald Ford ate a tamale without removing the husk. And tonight Rick Perry forgot the third agency he wants to eliminate. Just goes to show there are too damn many federal agencies.

The governor said it best afterwards: “I’m glad I had my boots on, because I sure stepped in it tonight.”

While the media froths over this all too human moment, we thought we would take this opportunity to ask your help in doing something much more constructive: write us to let us know what federal agency you would most like to forget.

Is it the EPA and its job-killing zealots? The NLRB and its czar-like dictates? The edu-crats at the Department of Education who aim to control your local curriculum?

Send your answer to, and if you are on twitter join us in using a new twitter hashtag: #forgetmenot. And, if you could, throw in a $5 contribution for every agency you would like to forget. We hope you have a long list. And we promise we will write down every last idea. So we don’t forget.

Still standing in our Boots,

Team Perry

Considering how transcendently awful last night's "moment" was (Michael Barone called it the worst debate crash he's seen in fifty years of watching politics), this is the strongest spin strategy I can conceive of for the Texas Governor.  Perry's also making the rounds on early shows today, pledging not to drop out and poking fun at himself.  As far as a damage control strategies go, this is probably the best available option.

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