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Saturday, November 12, 2011

More top ten lists

Having already indulged myself once this week by blogging about Silvio Berlusconi's top ten gaffes, japes and pranks, it seems only right that I should also make reference to Republican Presidential Candidate, Governor Rick Perry of Texas and his Top 10 excuses for a disastrous debate performance.

The Daily Telegraph refers to what it describes as excruciating footage of Mr Perry, once the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination and seen as the main challenger to Mitt Romney, struggling for 53 seconds during the debate whilst failing to remember the third government department he would abolish:

From the moment the debate in Michigan ended, the Perry campaign decided the only thing it could do was admit the mistake, use it to try to make the candidate seem human and attempt to create a minute of television that might trump the "brain freeze" footage.

Mr Perry went some way to achieving that by taking the stage on the David Letterman Show on CBS in a feature entitled: "Top 10 Rick Perry Excuses".

Smiling broadly and showing some fine comic timing, self-deprecatingly Mr Perry reeled off his excuses. Number nine was: "I don't know what you're talking about. I thought it went well.

Perhaps the best received was number six: "You try concentrating when Mitt Romney's smiling at you. That is one handsome dude!"

Number four was: "I had a five-hour energy drink six hours before the debate." There were enthusiastic responses for number two, a reference to a rival accused of sexual harassment: "I wanted to help take the heat off my buddy Herman Cain."

Mr Perry's top excuse was a play on the story that a teenage singer had allegedly made a fan pregnant during a brief backstage encounter: "I just heard Justin Bieber is my father."

Unfortunately, the ploy does not appear to have worked. Still Mr. Perry can always take up a new career as a stand-up comedian.
I don't see Perry winning the GOP nomination - President Obama would run rings round him if he did. So the question is: where will Perry's support go? To Newt? Mitt? Cain? Newt Gingrich is by far the most intelligent and experienced of the candidates but carries a lot of personal baggage and Imus in the Morning (the "Iman") can't stand him.

But Newt is so clever and so good at debates he is the obvious one to butt heads with Obama. If there is one candidate that could run rings around President Obama its Newt. Cain has taken some heat, but still might win the nomination even though it is self-evident that the top brass in the GOP don't want him to win and favor Mitt Romney.
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