Home Store In Memoriam Deborah Newsletter Forum Topics Blogfeed Blogroll Facebook MySpace Contact Us About

In The Wake Of Debate Debacle, Rick Perry Heads To Fox & Friends

Reported by Ellen - November 10, 2011 -

As soon as Rick Perry’s cringe-worthy “Oops” was emitted during the debate last night, it was almost a certainty he’d be on Fox & Friends for a little Republican rehab this morning. To the curvy couch’s credit, they didn’t minimize or shrug off the seriousness of Perry’s gaffe – but then again, it would be hard to see how they could and still retain a shred of credibility. But they nevertheless found other ways to be supportive.

In a segment FoxNews.com called, Texas Governor Explains Presidential Debate Gaffe, Perry never did actually explain what happened.

“My goodness, I feel for you,” Gretchen Carlson said. “By so many accounts, you were having your best debate up until that moment…. We’ve been empathizing with you this morning… How are going to try and recover moving forward?”

Perry admitted he “stepped in it… Style over substance certainly happened last night but the fact is, Americans know that as the Governor of the State of Texas, I’ve overseen an economy that allowed for jobs to be created, more so than any other state in the nation.”

Either Steve Doocy or Brian Kilmeade murmured “That’s right” off camera.

Kilmeade broke in to give Perry “some feedback… As Gretchen said, by almost all accounts, you were having a really good debate.” Kilmeade said sympathetically that the same thing “happens to me way too much.”

Doocy nodded in agreement.

Kilmeade continued, “But I’ve had two people here on my side, I don’t have seven opponents next to me, so they always bail me out.”

However, Kilmeade did read a tweet from political scientist Larry Sabato calling the gaffe “the most devastating moment of any modern primary debate” he could remember.

submit to reddit