NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' featured a rendition of the absent-minded GOP debate performance by Republican presidential candidate Governor Rick Perry in its cold open.
If Wednesday's Republican presidential debate on CNBC offered anything substantive for the American people is a question that will likely be answered across the coming flurry of near-term polls, but the performance by GOP presidential contender Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday night has already delivered ample material for comedians, as Comedy Central's Jon Stewart remarked in a recent Digital Journal report.
And Perry's performance, a long and uncomfortable minute of brain freeze on a key pillar of his proposed presidency, was replayed again in a portrayal by NBC's "Saturday Night Live" that captured Perry's famous "oops" and the final loss of his bid for the White House.
After each of the GOP presidential candidates were introduced, Texas Governor Rick Perry, played by Bill Hader, reassures the moderators that he is well prepared for the evening's debate.
"Before I start I want to say I know I've had some trouble in past debates, but tonight I'm feeling good," Perry said. "I think I'm really going to nail it."
Perry's bad debate performances have been so notable that The Daily Beast offered a psychological analysis on why Perry is prone to choking, even offering some advice on how he might overcome his performance anxiety in the long run.
But "Saturday Night Live" is not an environment that seeks to kindle sympathy, and Perry's political death knell was aptly put in a simple yet lingering "oops."