FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Not since Sarah Palin sat down with Katie Couric has a candidate for the nation's highest office looked as bad as Rick Perry did Wednesday night.
Here’s what the Texas governor said:
"I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone. Commerce, Education, and the - what's the third one there? Let's see. OK. Commerce, Education, and the ... "
"EPA?" Mitt Romney offered.
"EPA, there you go," Perry said.
When pressed by the moderator, Perry admitted it wasn't the EPA.
Then he tried again:
"The third agency of government I would – I would do away with Education, the Commerce, and, let's see. I can't. The third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops."
Right after that debate on CNBC, Perry rushed to the spin room where he tried to make light of what he had done.
"I'm glad I had my boots on tonight. I really stepped in it."
Note to Mr. Perry: It's time to go away now. This wasn't the first time you came off as an intellectual lightweight in these debates.
This "aw shucks," grade – school stuff may play in Texas - but I, sir, don't want you anywhere near the nuclear launch codes.
We have a world on the brink of economic collapse and a Middle East on the brink of another war.
There is trouble all around, and you lay claim to being able to run the country with what amounts to half a loaf.
The saying is, "Half a loaf is better than none."
In Rick Perry's case, that's not true. Please just go away.
Here’s my question to you: Is it time for Rick Perry to withdraw from the presidential race?
Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.
And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.
Penn State is having its own Catholic Church moment.
The university has been rocked to its core by the child sex abuse scandal.
A scandal that escalated because those in power seemingly either looked the other way or helped cover up what was going on in order to protect one of their own.
The legendary football coach Joe Paterno was told back in 2002 that a graduate assistant had seen his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, rape a young boy in a shower at the football complex. Paterno told his boss, which was apparently all that the law required, but he didn't tell the police.
According to grand jury testimony, Sandusky allegedly fondled and had oral and anal sex with boys for at least 15 years. Fifteen years! And Penn State officials could have stopped it nine years ago.
The university's board is cleaning house, as well they should. They fired Paterno and the school's president, Graham Spanier.
Paterno had wanted to coach the team's last home game of the season Saturday and then resign after the football season ended. You have to give credit to the Penn State board for saying: You're not resigning, you're not retiring, you're fired - get out!
As for the hundreds of Penn State students who rioted on the campus Wednesday night - they ought to be kicked out of school. How dare they act like this because they like a football coach?
These punks are not intellectually equipped to attend an institution of higher learning. How would they feel if it was their little brother who was raped? Their behavior is disgusting and a testament to the outsized role sports plays in American society.
Granted, this is a sad way for the winningest coach in major college football to end a storied career.
But it didn't have to end this way. Joe Paterno himself could have prevented it by applying the same life lessons he preached to his players for 46 years to himself.
Here’s my question to you: How can Penn State University restore its reputation?
Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.
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