Everyone has their own take on Perry's debate meltdown, in which he froze while attempting to remember the names of the departments he would eliminate. Many of Perry's ardent supporters are devastated by this seemingly fatal mistake. However, I would point to two observations about Perry's utter lack of ability to articulate his message.
1) This was bound to come out at some point. Whether he was able to remember the three departments tonight or not, the result would have been the same. Perry would have been a debater in the general election debates. The bottom line is that you can survive the general election as a mediocre debater, but not a disastrous one.
2) Despite the fact that many suggest Perry's hear is in the right place (conservatism), do we really want to nominate someone who cannot articulate those convictions?
It is an unfortunate end to a very promising candidate. I never thought I would say this, but I'm beginning to wonder if Newt Gingrich is the only electable alternative "conservative" to Romney.