We've all seen, or heard about, Rick Perry's rather disastrous moment in last night's debate. I can't bear to watch again, but if you're so inclined, you can see the clip, thanks to King Prawn, over on the Member thread. Perry fans and opponents alike can't do much more than empathize with the man.
But I'd like to focus on what happened after. He immediately tweeted something making fun of himself -- "Really glad I wore my boots 2nite because I stepped in it out there." -- and his campaign sent out a release asking donors and supporters which agency they'd like to eliminate.
And then he did a round of morning shows. He took the problem head on.
I've already registered my serious problems with Perry's speaking -- I just don't think now is the time for a president who can't defend and articulate conservative thought effectively -- but I do think that handling a "crisis" well is important, too. Cain lost his momentum not because of odd, unspecified allegations but because of his campaign's confusing and ill-devised response to same.
Last night, pundits presumed Perry's candidacy dead. I, frankly, thought it over weeks ago. But something in me admires his handling of the gaffe. What do you think?