The Washington Times - November 1, 2011, 11:33AM

Rick Perry’s jokey, animated speech in New Hampshire late last week has gone viral on the Internet and now it’s getting the full late-night comic treatment, with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart mocking the Texas governor’s delivery on his show Monday night.

According to the comedian, the Republican presidential contender came off either as drunk that night, sober for the first time in the campaign, or possibly still suffering from a painkiller-laden visit to the dentist’s office.

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“This is such a cool state: ‘Live free or die.’ You gotta love that,” Mr. Perry exclaimed during his appearance at a banquet sponsored by the conservative advocacy group Cornerstone. “I come from a state where they have this little place called the Alamo and they declared. ‘Victory or death.’ We’re kinda into those slogans, man.”

After airing that and other clips from Mr. Perry’s appearance, Mr. Stewart joked, “Best-case case scenario: That dude’s hammered.

“Worse-case scenario: That is Perry sober and every time we’ve seen him previously, he’s been hammered.”

“Or,” he added, “there is one other explanation, Rick Perry just got back from the dentist,” before jumping to the popular 2009 YouTube video that features an anesthesia-induced David Devore after a dentist visit where he asks his father “Is this real life?” and then bellows out a massive yell.