You think Rick Perry’s infamous “Oops” debate doomed his campaign? He was in deep trouble long before that, according to campaign fundraising. The Perry campaign started great guns on Aug. 13, collecting an average of $312,675 every day until Sept. 22. That’s when Perry stumbled badly in the presidential debate in which he bungled a prepared attack line about whether Mitt Romney was a flip-flopper. In a strange, disassociated stream of consciousness, Perry asked whether Romney “was on the side of against the Second Amendment before he was for the Second Amendment? Was it was before he was before the social programs from the standpoint of he was for standing up for Roe versus Wade before he was against first Roe versus Wade?” All downhill from there…

Perry’s giddy performance at a New Hampshire event Oct. 30 didn’t help. It left some supporters asking whether he was drunk or under the influence of pain killers for his back surgery (Perry says no, he was just happy). Then, on Nov. 9, the “Oops” debate in which the Texas governor forever became a punchline in American politics when he couldn’t remember all three Cabinet-level agencies he’d abolish as president.