Rick Perry "Brothers" Up Herman Cain

We watched the GOP debate last night, all of its glorious jaw-dropping moment after jaw-dropping moment.

Analysis seems to indicate Rick Perry did better, but to us he came across as peevish, ill-prepared and flailing. In other words, like Rick Perry in a debate.

We did love his criticism of Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan, where for some reason we can't imagine he referred to Cain as "brother" twice in two paragraphs. It comes at the 1:46 point of the clip (we're trying to spare you sitting through Rick Santorum):

Herman, I love you, brother, but let me tell you something, you don't need to have a big analysis to figure this thing out. Go to New Hampshire, where they don't have a sales tax, and you're fixing to give them one.

They're not interested in 9-9-9. What they're interested in is flatter and fairer. At the end of the week, I'm going to be laying out a plan that clearly -- I'll bump plans with you, brother, and we'll see who has the best idea about how you get this country working again.

We don't think Perry called anyone else "brother" during the debate, but it's possible he did it while our mind was still reeling over Michele Bachmann's answer on home foreclosures, which seemed to be based on Moms depending on their husbands to protect the family home, or something like that.

Anyway, we're glad to see the new, hip Rick Perry come to the fore. We can't wait for the next debate, where he will respond to a blistering criticism of Obama by Cain with a solid "True dat, brother."

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