Rick Perry on Painkillers During Run

While Rick Perry was running for president, I speculated on this blog that painkillers might be causing some of his goofiness and giddiness, not just from watching him at the debates, but that clip of a speech in New Hampshire where he got all giggly over a bottle of maple syrup.  I didn’t have any inside information, I just knew that he’d recently undergone back surgery and thought that might be interfering with his run.

Now Politico‘s e-book, “Inside the Circus,” appears to confirm my speculation:

“A bad back doomed any chance Perry stood to break through.  It became an open secret that he was using painkillers in sufficient dosages to keep him standing through the two-hour debates.”

They may have kept him standing literally, but they also probably caused his fall.  Oops!