It was actually his infamous “oops moment” that derailed his political career. It was in a debate on November 9, 2011—less than four years ago—when Perry couldn’t remember the third federal agency he’d get rid of should he be elected president in 2012: "I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops." [a video of it is on YouTube]
He was widely ridiculed for that, and his campaign never recovered. When he announced his 2016 run, it was brought up again. And now that he’s leaving, the “oops” jokes have returned yet again.
I think that Perry probably didn’t deserve the attacks over his “oops moment” when there were so many batshit crazy things he espoused. But he never really got the chance to try and sell his snake oil this year because no one could hear him—they were too busy laughing at him.
Meanwhile, nearly all of the other Republican
Back when the Republican
Well, that’s one less clown to worry about, and he’s just the first of many who won’t still be candidates when the first Republican candidate selection votes are finally cast. I wonder if any bookmakers are taking bets on who will be next—although, with so many choices, there’s probably not much spread in the odds.
In the meantime, there are still FAR too many extremist and batshit crazy Republican
And, there’s still 1 year, 1 month, and 28 days until the November 2016 elections.
Photo of Rick Perry in 2012 by Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons