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While Perry’s “Oops” moment is likely to join the archive of famous campaign cock-ups, his best-worst faux pas may be his statement, earlier this year, that America’s war of independence was fought in the 1500s. But Americans don’t much care about history and gaffe-makers have a certain charm. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of all this buffoonery is that being a dumb-ass, as Ronald Reagan might have said, is not necessarily a bar to office. If Perry makes it to the White House, the joke’s on us.