What a difference a brain-freeze makes. Yesterday's news was all about Herman Cain, but after Rick Perry couldn't remember all three of the federal agencies he wants to abolish during last night's Republican debate, he became the big political story for reasons consultants dread. As Perry said in explaining himself: "Oops!" Tonight as part of his damage-control tour (good luck with that), he appeared on Late Show With David Letterman to deliver his Top Ten Excuses.
A few highlights:
"I wanted to help take the heat off my buddy Heman Cain."
"I don't know what you're talking about. I thought things went well."
And "I just found out my father is Justin Bieber."
But the best moment came as he walked off and Paul Shaffer played "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad."
Here it is.