Before reading any further, I'd like you to take a moment to consider the unprecedented competition for this honor from the Washington Post's The Fix in the 2012 election cycle. In almost any other year, a sentient burlap sack like Tim Pawlenty would have been a favorite to be considered the "worst candidate." This time, he's not even a finalist. We had genuinely insane candidates, embarrassingly misinformed candidates and proudly bigoted candidates. Christ, man, we actually had Donald Trump in the mix for a little while!
So, I hope Rick Perry is aware of his phenomenal achievement…
Perry entered the race with what looked like a straight path to frontrunner status. He was a conservative’s conservative with a proven record of doing what he said in Texas. He was a fundraising powerhouse. He had a charisma that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney lacked. It was all there for the taking.
Until, it became clear that the idea of Rick Perry running for president was very different than the reality of Rick Perry running for president… There was the decidedly odd speech that Perry gave in New Hampshire. There was a series of debate performances in which Perry seemed (at best) thinly-versed on the issues of the day. And then there was Perry’s brain freeze in a November debate in which he simply could not remember the third federal agency he wanted to eliminate — a lock-up that he punctuated with his now-famous "Oops."
One day, a fresh-faced young politician will walk onto the debate stage, trip over a wire and land face-first in a bucket of raw sewage that was left out for some reason. And when people ask him how he managed to debase himself so completely, he'll say, "I was inspired by the best."
Gov. Rick Perry, you are truly an inspiration to us all.
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