In a supreme example of maxim that when given lemons, one should make lemonade, the campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is using his horrifying gaffe in Wednesday night’s debate to raise money.
The following email was sent out last night by the Perry campaign following his failure to remember one of the three agencies he would eliminate as president – which he later in the debate recalled was the Department of Energy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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,
Perry’s problem is that the mistake appeared consistent with the listless and uncertain performances he’s given previously in debates, seeming to confirm rather than provide and exception to the rule.
On the other hand, in the “there is no such thing as bad publicity” department, Perry’s mistake drew an unusual amount of attention to him, something which the campaign is clearly hoping to capitalize on.
H/T to Scott Martin for the tip.