Rick Perry Wins Bum Steer of the Year Award, Named Most Embarrassing Person in Texas

Every year Texas Montly names one Texan the Bum Steer of the Year to celebrate the state’s most embarrassing citizen. For the second time in the history of the award, they’ve chosen it’s governor. Ladies and gentlemen, Rick Perry is the most embarrassing person in Texas.

Texas Monthly writes that the Bum Steer of the Year award is given to the “individual we feel has been responsible for the biggest screw-up, gaffe, fumble, stumble, train wreck, or humiliation of the past twelve months.” This year, Rick Perry was that individual.

But according to Texas Monthly writer Jake Silverstein, the magazine was very reluctant to give the honor to Mr. Perry. The editors at Texas Monthly didn’t want to “confer the lowest honor on our highest office,” but in the end, they had no choice.

Silverstein writes:

“No one wants to give the governor a Bum Steer. No one wants to poke fun at the elected representative of 25 million Texans.”

But Perry continually embarrassed himself on the campaign trail. He made speech where he seemed drunk. He made that bizarre anti-gay commercial. And recently he forgot how many Supreme Court Judges sat on the Supreme Court bench.

According to a poll in the Texas Tribune, 57% of Texans believe that Perry has hurt the state’s image.

But Texas Monthly was still reluctant to give Perry the Bum Steer of the Year award. But then everything changed. Rick Perry said oops. Texas Monthly writes:

“The end came swiftly, in a matter of seconds. Fifty-three of them, to be exact: the time it took the governor to go from trying in vain to name the third agency of government he would shutter as president to giving up and muttering—in a phrase that will surely go down, should his campaign expire, as its perfect epitaph—“Oops.” In that moment all our resistance melted away, and we rushed, shaking our heads in disbelief, into the arms of our unquestionable 2012 Bum Steer of the Year. We didn’t want to, but we had to.”

Do you think Rick Perry deserves the Bum Steer of the Year award?