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Yes, he only started taking painkillers in 2011...Remember how Rick Perry was insane during debates? Yeah, he was on painkillers all the time — supposedly because of his bad back, but did you also know that painkillers are really fun? Anyway, this is why he would fall asleep during the second half of every debate. And according to a new POLITICO EBOOK about the campaign, WIN THE POLITICS, Perry would also run into the toilet singing old workingman’s songs, when he was high.

This little nugget comes from New York City toilet blogger Max Read, who got an EXCLUSIVE look at the new POLITICO EBOOK (MUST CREDIT NYC TOILET BLOGGER MAX READ):

A bad back doomed any chance Perry stood to break through. It became an open secret that he was using painkillers in sufficient dosages to keep him standing through the two-hour debates. The manager of a rival campaign was at a urinal in an empty bathroom in Hanover, New Hampshire, before the Bloomberg News debate on October 11, when he heard someone come through the door loudly singing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” Wondering who was making all the noise, the campaign manager turned his head and saw, to his surprise, the governor of Texas. Perry came down the row of about twenty urinals and stood companionably close by. Nonplussed, the campaign manager made a hasty exit; as the bathroom door closed, he could hear Perry still merrily singing away: “I-I-I’ve been working on the ra-a-i-i-l-road, all-l-l the live-long day . . .”

And he lost?

[Gawker]

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