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Eleven excruciating political moments of 2011 (so far)

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Numerologists and “Spinal Tap” fans take note: It’s 11/11/11.

In honor of Nigel Tufnel Day, we’re going to go to 11 in our own way--with our list of the 11 Most Excruciating Political Moments (So Far) of 2011.

In reverse chronological order, here are our selections. Note: June was a big month.

NOVEMBER

The longest 53 seconds of Rick Perry’s life:

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NOVEMBER

President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy forget their microphones are on.

And we are all reminded of how Obama got a lecture from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on national television last May:

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OCTOBER

Herman Cain is hit with sexual harassment allegations — which he proceeds to turn into campaign gold.

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AUGUST

Mitt Romney tells a heckler at the Iowa State Fair: “Corporations are people, my friend.”

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JUNE

Rep. Michele Bachmann mixes up movie icon John Wayne and serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

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JUNE

What Obamaneycare? Tim Pawlenty whiffs a big question at a debate in New Hampshire.

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JUNE

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes a midnight ride with the facts about Paul Revere:

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JUNE

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign crashes (though in a measure of how unpredictable this year has been, it has come back to life in recent weeks).

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JUNE

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) tweets his political career into oblivion:

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APRIL

Celebrity mogul Donald Trump spouts birther theories as he flirts with a presidential run, which forces Obama to release his long-form birth certificate.

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MARCH

With a government shutdown looming, Senate majority leader Harry Reid mans the barricades for ... cowboy poetry.

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