As everyone in the free world likely knows by now, Rick Perry stumbled on stage in Wednesday’s debate, forgetting the third of the three federal departments he wants to eliminate. The judgment has been fierce. And yet, I expect most people will be more forgiving than the pundits think. Why? Because most of us have suffered similar mortifying public episodes when your brain simply freezes up or your memory goes on strike. One that still haunts me almost a quarter century later came during my days at the Boston Phoenix.
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