Rick Perry: Painfully dumb or appealing to presumed dumb voters in S.C.?

After Rick Perry’s answer about Turkey’s foreign aid in the GOP debate, Cenk asks his Power Panel — James Poulos, Linda Killian and Lucia Graves — whether Republicans are actually stupid or just trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator in South Carolina.

“You seem surprised that Rick Perry has made a gaffe on television,” Polous jokes.

Cenk says, “There’s some chance that [Rick Perry] is just painfully dumb.”

Killian predicts Perry “will be toast” after South Carolina, but points out that overseas “these comments are taken seriously” and the State Department had to do damage control.

Graves says, “This is the guy who could not remember what government agencies he wants to eliminate…but he stands out as a very special case.”