The Manchester Union-Leader's editorial page editor, Drew Cline, explains why Rick Perry didn't pass their test.
"He did more than misspeak. He did more than recklessly attack his own base and generally act like the class bully assigned to spend study hall with the chess club. He did more than forget his talking points and display an uncomfortable lack of knowledge of important topics. He simply suffocated.
With one disastrous performance after another, he proved that he did not belong on the stage."
Instead, the paper gave its nod to Newt Gingrich.