The ‘oops’ heard 'round the political world

Picture it: The CNBC Republican presidential debate Wednesday night. A visibly flustered Rick Perry has a hard time answering the three agencies he would cut if elected president. He named two -- but forgot the third.

"I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone," Perry said. "Commerce, Education, and the -- what's the third one there? Let's see. OK. Commerce, Education, and the..."

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Ron Paul chimes in, “You need five.”

After some suggestions thrown out by his fellow candidates, Perry said, "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."

And FYI -- Perry will present tonight's David Letterman's Top Ten List.

Reaction from the Twitterverse was, naturally, comical:

Joy BeharHLN host: OMG Perry is having brain farts

Carl Quintanilla, CNBC anchor: I was in the room the night of Howard Dean's scream. Tonight, I was in the room for #Perryfail.
 
Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast columnist: Perry is now an extra in The Walking Dead. But less articulate.
 
Myrre Neuquer, political observer: At least Sarah Palin was sensible enough to write keywords on her hands.
 
Alan Beattie, writer: The Dept for Education shd *so* put out factsheet this morning on techniques for remembering short lists. 
 

-- HLN's Rick Bastien contributed to this story

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