Hard to see how Rick Perry comes back from this epic flop:
Andrew Sullivan's live blog captures the mood perfectly:
Perry collapses. Cannot remember a list of three federal government departments he wants to abolish past the first two. Seriously. And then he says "oops." He has all but disappeared inside his suit in this debate and is now basically done. And notice the casualness with which he intends to abolish whole government departments. Has he thought through the consequences? Or is he just a bad performance artist?
It's amazing that anyone was stupid enough to put money into this man's campaign. Did they not put him through rigorous training for these debates? Did they not know that he is unable to string a coherent sentence together when it comes to explaining policy? Simply astonishing.
Perry, Cain and Bachmann make Gingrich, Huntsmand and Romney look fantastic - an incredible feat given their complete lack of dynamism and charisma. Again, Romney just needs to not screw up, and the nomination is his.