'Oops' indeed

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It may have been the most painful, embarrassing, self-destructive 53 seconds in post-television presidential debate history.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, needing a solid debate presence Wednesday night in Michigan after several fumbling performances, absolutely “stepped in it” as he admitted later. Trying to list but three federal agencies he would close as president, Perry recited Commerce and Education and – well, spent nearly a minute grasping for the third.

It was an utterly agonizing spectacle. Most of us have experienced occasional brain freezes, but we’re not running for president. And what a time for it: The man was very assertively naming just three agencies he’d close (later saying the third was Energy), and he couldn’t even do that?

Just as troubling was how ineptly he handled the situation – continuing to scrape around in vain for the answer, while
his competitors gleefully watched him squirm, before
he meekly concluded, “Oops.” His mind simply went into a
cul-de-sac and never re-emerged.

There’s little doubt the Perry presidential campaign ended in those 53 seconds.

That leaves former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, businessman Herman Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the most likely nominees.

Once again, Romney appeared to be the safest candidate most apt to do well in a general election; Cain continued to be the most liked; and Gingrich solidified his status as the best choice to be president. It’s just doubtful the left-leaning media would allow a Gingrich presidency, if they could stop it – and Gingrich himself has given them plenty of ammunition with his past.

As for Cain, the media panel from financial network and host CNBC provoked a mutiny from the studio audience by injecting his sexual harassment accusations into what was billed as a debate exclusively about the economy. What the heck were they thinking?

Question: How can people in the national media be so completely, grossly, blissfully out of touch with the people they claim to serve?

Of course, there are three people in the “mainstream” media who do get it. They are ... um ... er ...

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/11/11 - 12:46 am
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I think Herman should have

I think Herman should have told Maria Bartiromo she looked hot.

faithson
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faithson 11/11/11 - 01:02 am
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Sounds like your sayin' Mitt

Sounds like your sayin' Mitt is it ! Should be an interesting campaign.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/11/11 - 01:11 am
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But you know there's

But you know there's something about gun toting, coyote shooting, Rick Perry messing up that way. Kind of makes him seem human. We sympathize with him because we are ALL that way at times.

America needs to go back to the age of Eisenhower with his "garbled syntax" who misspoke more than all the candidates combined, yet ranks pretty high on the presidents's list.

In Newt's book he says we are too dependent on our leaders being on TV and bantering with the press. He points out it wasn't always this way and noted deGaulle of France had two press conferences in six years.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/11/11 - 01:57 am
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Riverman1: “I think Herman

Riverman1: “I think Herman should have told Maria Bartiromo she looked hot.”

And she does.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/11/11 - 02:05 am
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Riverman1: “…deGaulle of

Riverman1: “…deGaulle of France had two press conferences in six years.”

Charles knew the camera added 2 inches to his nose and Newt is thinking about his weight.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 11/11/11 - 04:31 am
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"... Gingrich solidified his

"... Gingrich solidified his status as the best choice to be president. It’s just doubtful the left-leaning media would allow a Gingrich presidency, if they could stop it – and Gingrich himself has given them plenty of ammunition with his past" (editorial).

A Gingrich presidency should pose no problem for the left-leaning media, because Newt Gingrich has proved to be a stealth candidate for the Council on Foreign Relations and the international banking community. That's why his Contract with America, which promised to reduce the government in 1995, instead gave us a supergovernment.

Gingrich is not a conservative although he has often campaigned as if he were. I'd urge everyone to watch the John Birch Society's video on "The Real Newt Gingrich." It's about half an hour long, but it's well worth your time. So far as I can tell, Newt Gingrich is left of Mitt Romney. Christopher Warren, who was Bill Clinton's first secretary of state, described Newt Gingrich as an internationalist.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 11/11/11 - 05:07 am
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The worst part of this, which

The worst part of this, which other newspapers are pointing out, is that the Department of Energy maintains our nuclear weapons stockpiles and the strategic petroleum reserve. Without them, the nation's security would be drastically reduced. The Department of Commerce maintains, among other duties, the Patent Office and the Census Bureau, both of which serve important functions designated by the US Constitution, the reading of which I highly recommend. Perry didn't talk about cutting these departments back or shuffling their functions to other departments; he wanted (consistent with the conservatives' bizarre and unbelievably ignorant ideology) to eliminate them. We should be grateful that he couldn't remember all of his stupid ideas. The fact that so many Republicans have supported Perry and morons like him should fill all patriotic Americans with fear.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 11/11/11 - 06:33 am
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Obama had us at "57 states,"
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Obama had us at "57 states," when he ran and was still elected. Candidates are still human. While I don't agree with all the stands Rick Perry has, I still think he's a vast improvement over the current occupant in the WH.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/11/11 - 07:03 am
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We have a LOT of stupid

We have a LOT of stupid people running for President.

I'm giving ole shooter a few more weeks to pull this gaffe around.....he would probably still look good if he had a sex scandal to endure instead of a foot-in-the-mouth scandal.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/11/11 - 07:09 am
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Why is it so dang hard to

Why is it so dang hard to find a decent man to run for President??

Gingrich---Too smug & know it all
R Paul---old..& way out in the field somewhere
Romney----Flip flopper
Hunstman---too bland
Cain----women problems from past
Michele-----???
eeeek.....where are you RUDY-CHRISTIE-JEB-??

TParty
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TParty 11/11/11 - 07:39 am
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I don't see how Huntsman

I don't see how Huntsman doesn't get a bigger following. He is a smart, smart guy. A republican who does not put off liberals. Do you know how many Obama supporters are so upset with Obama, they will vote for a republican who is not nuts. The fact that Huntsman believes in science is enough for liberals to support him. His is a republican who has done well with taxes and jobs in his state, better than Romney and Perry. He's an honest man, with proven leadership in his state. We can add his foreign policy knowledge. Already he knows more about China than anyone (huh Cain!).

Huntsman is the only person who can beat Obama, a consistent and proven leader. He might be bland, but look at Sarah Palin, someone who is not bland. She's also someone who didn't finish her governor position, and has other issues- and yet she had a huge following. Makes no sense.

As for Ron Paul, I'll never understand how he isn't the face of the republican party. Talk about a guy who wants to limit the size of federal government, and return power to individuals. I'll never understand the media blackout of Ron Paul.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 11/11/11 - 07:40 am
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Well, seenit, here's my take

Well, seenit, here's my take on the situation. The Republican base is panic-driven to nominate the biggest fruitcake they can find. Candidates like Perry, who think we should cut federal spending by cancelling the Patent Office, getting rid of the strategic oil reserve, and abolishing all safekeeping of our nuclear weapons stockpile, fill that bill just fine. Unfortunately, they need to find a fruitcake candidate who will be acceptable to voters who aren't fruitcakes themselves. For some reason that Republicans can't quite grasp, non-fruitcakes don't want to put a fruitcake in the White House. That leaves Romney, who has the approximate spinal stiffness of the average flatworm. Good luck with all of that, guys. Have a great day.

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Brad Owens 11/11/11 - 07:57 am
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"Gingrich solidified his

"Gingrich solidified his status as the best choice to be president.."

My assertion the whole time. By far the best man in the field here. He really is the smartest and most well educated man running with the exception of Dr. Ron Paul.

Gingrich has the best grasp on the actual issues and how to make giverment work to fix them. His time in congress and as Speaker gives him the real experience to know how budgets work and how to fix them.

I have ALWAYS said he is the most experienced person to be president on stage that had the best chance to really solve the problems we have in giverment right now. Dr. Ron Paul would be second in my opinion.

Let's see what happens.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/11/11 - 08:06 am
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All I can say is ..They

All I can say is ..They better have a VP who can knock the ball out of the park.........because fruitcakes want the REAL fruit to chew on....I don't see any real cherries yet....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/11/11 - 09:20 am
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BJ, Newt may look fatter on

BJ, Newt may look fatter on TV, but it's HIS medium. He gets to show off his considerable intellect. Of course, he knows he's good at it and is almost expected to say something out of the ordinary every debate. I kind of expect a rim shot after his remarks these days.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/11/11 - 09:21 am
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Brad, Would you buy a car

Brad,

Would you buy a car from a salesperson with the countenance of Newt? If the countenance provides insight into the soul, NG doesn't have one.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/11/11 - 09:25 am
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We just need to get Romney

We just need to get Romney out doing something we can relate to. Shooting coyotes, driving a car around a Nascar track, mud wrestling, saying if he's elected he'll release all the info about UFO's or something to make him more acceptable to our crowd.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 11/11/11 - 09:53 am
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Hey Rhetor, with the country
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Hey Rhetor, with the country in the poor condition its in with Obama as president for nearly 3 years, and you have the guts to badmouth Republicans is truly the funniest thing I've ever read. Thanks for a great laugh!

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Jon Lester 11/11/11 - 10:14 am
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You'd have to be a total
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You'd have to be a total fascist to accuse CNBC of liberal bias. It is a business news network. It sponsored and defined the parameters of the debate as about economic policy. No leader can realistically expect to effect real change if the people do not have trust in his character, and this made the question to Cain perfectly relevant to all of that, and to be sure, his "Princess Nancy" comment later in the evening did nothing to help matters. And if you think audience reaction is any barometer of popular sentiment, you should recall that Ron Paul's people were at least as loud.

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Chillen 11/11/11 - 10:21 am
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I would love to see an

I would love to see an obama-Gingrich debate. Without benefit of a teleprompter, obama would be absolutely eaten for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Newt would rip him to shreds.

Actually all the candidates except probably Perry would come out victorious (though I doubt it would matter to the obama zombie supporters who think he can do no wrong)

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Riverman1 11/11/11 - 10:32 am
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BJ, Maria used to look hot.

BJ, Maria used to look hot. Since she got married, she has become an overweight, middle aged Italian wife, haggling at the local market about the quality of the tomatoes. 11:11

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/11/11 - 10:36 am
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My Maria fantasy

My Maria fantasy disintegrated by a single post; now I’ll have to switch over to Bloomberg.

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Bizkit 11/11/11 - 10:39 am
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I agree with Brad and

I agree with Brad and Chillen-Newt would clean Obama's clock in a debate. Obama would be bumbling and stumbling like Perry with a real intellectual to defeat his pseudointellectualism. I would love to see it so people would finally see how inept our president really is. I mean the dude changes the semantics of words and goes off on some truly weird logic.

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Willow Bailey 11/11/11 - 10:55 am
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Does anyone really believe

Does anyone really believe Obama is going to take Newt up on having that kind of debate? I hope so. It would be hilarious.

And Craig, when you find out how to eat on countenance, let us all know.

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augusta citizen 11/11/11 - 10:52 am
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An Obama-Gingrich debate

An Obama-Gingrich debate would be priceless!! Heard on the radio this morning that Newt is moving up in poll ratings, which is a good thing.

Riverman, that was not nice, shame, shame!

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/11/11 - 10:59 am
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Don’t be silly, Obama will

Don’t be silly, Obama will debate whoever ends up being the Republican nominee.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/11/11 - 10:59 am
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Isn't it interesting that a

Isn't it interesting that a brain freeze would cause more political harm than sexual misconduct? Kind of describes the values of many.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/11/11 - 11:04 am
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Don't YOU be silly, bj. I

Don't YOU be silly, bj. I highly doubt Obama would welcome a Lincoln-Douglas debate with Newt. If he does, he's a fool. But, I sure hope I'm wrong.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/11/11 - 11:04 am
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Willow Bailey: “Isn't it

Willow Bailey: “Isn't it interesting that a brain freeze would cause more political harm than sexual misconduct? Kind of describes the values of many.”

The brain freeze was witnessed fact; the sexual misconduct is an allegation.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/11/11 - 11:07 am
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bj, not all of them are

bj, not all of them are allegations. i.e., Bill Clinton, didn't skip a beat.

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