"Oops." — Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Nov. 10 GOP presidential debate, after he said he would cut three federal agencies, but couldn't come up with the name of the third one. The clip was replayed endlessly on cable news shows. Perry has been endorsed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has stuck by his Lone Star counterpart even as Perry's numbers have cratered after a series of disastrous debate performances.
"Satan wins." — Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, describing how the state would fall apart if voters rejected Initiative 26, which would confer the rights of personhood on human eggs at the moment of fertilization. The measure lost 58 percent to 42 percent on Nov. 8. That same night, Bryant was elected governor, succeeding fellow Republican Haley Barbour, who was term-limited.