Herman Cain criticized for “Princess Nancy” comment & Rick Perry’s inability to name the third agency he would cut was a devastating blow to his presidential aspirations.

Herman Cain was quick to say he “probably” shouldn’t have called Nancy Pelosi “Princess Nancy” during a response to a question at the CNBC GOP Presidential debate. He was roundly criticized by former George W. Bush press secretary Dana Perino. The last thing Herman Cain needed to do tonight was insult women, considering he’s mired in the muck of sexual harassment allegations by four women, including Sharon Bailek and Karen Kraushaar.

CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla took Cain to task during an after-debate interview. He asked, “Princess Nancy, in referring to Speaker Pelosi… Why go there, why refer to her that way given the controversy surrounding you and women? Do you not feel like that was trying to start to juggle when you’re already having to unicycle?” Cain then responded, “Well, I wouldn’t put it in those terms. That was a statement that I probably should not have made, but I was trying to make a point.”

The next takeaway from the debate was Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s brain freeze when he couldn’t name the third agency he would cut, which was the Energy Department —  “And 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.” Embarrassing and devastating at the same time. While I don’t think this is the death knell to his campaign, as it should, it’s another signal that the man isn’t working with a full deck of cards. I hate to say it, but up next to George W. Bush, I would have to say Bush has the brains and the cojones. Rick Perry comes across as a bumbling idiot who can’t utter a coherent sentence.

What is clear is that neither Herman Cain, Mr. 999, and Rick Perry, Mr. Secessionist, are ready for prime time. Actually none of the candidates are ready to meet Obama in 2012. Seriously, Rick Perry needs to pack up and head for Austin. He’s fast approaching the end of the line. It’s safe to say Mitt Romney stayed out of trouble during the debate and that served him well. Newt Gingrich kept citing history and dancing around a few questions. Personally, I believe he is the most experienced candidate in this current slate but he has far too many issues that will come back to haunt him if he is the nominee. All in all, I would say Mitt Romney came out the winner with Newt Gingrich the second runner up. Rick Perry, it’s curtain calls bro!