Here's Texas Governor Rick Perry, distinguishing himself once again at Wednesday night's CNBC debate:

"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."

He ruminates for a bit, fellow Texan Ron Paul tries to help him out to no avail, and then I have no idea what happens because I was so embarrassed for him that I had to hide my face. (He remembered, about 15 minutes later, that he meant the Department of Energy; in his defense, or maybe not, this is a standard part of his stump speech.) I wasn't even watching the debate and I knew something had happened because I could hear every single person in the country cringe. Oh, Rick! I almost would vote for you now, just because I feel so bad for you. But I don't think I'll get the chance, since I assume after this debate you will quit the campaign and go live in the woods forever and never talk to a human soul again.