Rick Perry is a serious contender for the next president of the US. Part of his platform is to eliminate three US government agencies completely: Education, Commerce and ... hm. In a recent debate Perry managed to completely forget which third agency he wanted to axe and was even convinced by others in the debate to name the Environmental Protection Agency, which he doesn't have any intent to dismantle. It turns out that he actually wants to eliminate the Education, Commerce and Energy agencies.
Here is the rub. The gaffe everyone is talking about is Perry forgetting which agency he wants to eliminate, rather than the bare fact that Perry wants to completely remove 3 critical government agencies! This isn't a joke folks, this is the actual platform of a guy who has a real shot at running the US by the end of next year. Forgetting which agency he wants to get rid of is a hell of a bad sign for a prospective president but it is small beans compared to the fact that he wants to do it at all.