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Conservative Political Action Conference

Rick Perry is not quite transcending the 'oops'

It was clearly a slip of the tongue when former Texas Gov. Rick Perry called the Charleston, S.C., church shooting an "accident" rather than an "incident" in an interview. But the same brief, friendly interview, with the conservative outlet Newsmax TV, shows the ways in which Perry 2.0 still suffers from the same shortcomings that turned him from front-runner to punch line during his 2012 presidential run. During that first campaign, he never recovered from the debate in which he couldn't remember the third government agency he wanted to do away with: "Oops," he said, and his audience cringed. Now he's back on the trail, healthier and better prepared,...