He was drunk. Or he has a brain tumor.

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speak during a Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas. Rick Perry plans to participate in at least five more presidential primary debates, his campaign said Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 dismissing speculation that the Texas governor's lackluster performances so far would lead him to skip future Republican debates.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and current Texas Gov. Rick Perry tangle at a Repugnican Tea Party presidential debate earlier this month in Las Vegas.

Jesus fuck. I’d read Internet buzz that Rick Perry apparently was drunk during a recent speech that he gave in New Hampshire, but Rachel Maddow’s coverage of it pretty much removes all doubt.

Slurring his words, being confused as to what his next word will be, choosing odd and quite unpresidential words and gestures, displaying emotional lability — yes indeed, Rick Perry very apparently was publicly drunk. On videocamera.

If not, perhaps he has a brain tumor.

Something neurological, whether it was alcohol and/or drug intoxication and/or some neurological condition, was going on.

Wow.

Let’s give this guy access to The Button — not.

Team Romney must be absolutely giddy, with it being all over but the (drunken) crying for Rick Perry, and with Herman Cain probably unable to politically survive the revelation that the National Restaurant Association, which he headed in the 1990s, very apparently did give payouts to one or two women who had accused Cain of sexual harassment. No matter what Cain did or did not do, such a payout itself is pretty fucking damaging.

And my guess is that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee kicks himself daily for having bailed out of the race so early.

P.S. Rachel Maddow does not come right out and say it in her piece that Perry appeared to be drunk, as it’s difficult to prove definitively whether or not someone was inebriated, and she and MSNBC no doubt don’t want to be sued. I have no such fear.

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