Rick Perry has been right to do the talk show circuit in the wake of Wednesday’s brain freeze, and he has been more impressive in the interviews I have seen in the last 24 hours than in any appearance since he announced in August. Perhaps if Perry did the circuit two months ago his debates would have gone better.
I blame Perry’s campaign team as much as Perry. They have done to him what the McCain team did to Sarah Palin, cloister him so tightly that any slip up in a public appearance gets magnified.
A lot of politicians go on Letterman. But Letterman never does anything that makes a Republican look good. He hates Republicans, and loathes conservatives. He was one of the highest-profile Palin bashers who chose to single out her daughters.
I’m sure Letterman was giddy to see Perry make himself look weak on Letterman’s own show. I agree with commenter J.E. Burke, this was humiliating for Perry.
Allowing yourself to be used as a prop by David Letterman never is the way to go.