Rick Perry will run for Prez

At least according to the unnamed sources of three Politico political reporters (say that three times fast), Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce on Saturday that he is running for the Repub nomination. Not — if true –a big surprise. And recent polls have shown him running well in the field as an unannounced candidate.

Still, the transition from great-unannounced-hope status to actual-candidate can be quite rough. I remember when Fred Thompson was going to rock the Repub race in 2008. He announced in September, after the race had been fully formed for many months. The hype about him as the Repub savior starting dying roughly on the day he announced. He departed the race without having won a single primary.

I actually can’t recall the last time a late entrant won a major party nomination, but I think we’re talking Adlai Stevenson and Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952, back in the day when winning primaries and contested caucuses had very little to do with winning the nomination.

But, we’ll see whether Perry is different. And soon, apparently. According to the Politico trio:

“The Texan would immediately be a formidable figure in the race, appealing to conservatives hungering for more options — particularly in states where the GOP base is heavily conservative, like Iowa and South Carolina, Perry would have an opportunity to unite both tea party activists and more traditional party regulars who want a mix of conservatism and electability.”

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 08/08/2011 - 03:55 pm.

    “unite both tea party activists and more traditional party regulars”….are you talking about Rick perry or Chris Angel?

  2. Submitted by Matt Eichenlaub on 08/08/2011 - 05:07 pm.

    It’s times like this that I miss Molly Ivins.

  3. Submitted by Joseph Skar on 08/09/2011 - 07:33 am.

    The day after the 6th largest drop in Dow Jones history, talk about blood in the water. Bank of America is on the verge of failure and the double dip is currently being priced in by the market. Economically the President has failed, it could very well never be easier to get elected for a Republican.

  4. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/09/2011 - 07:49 am.

    Wait, this is the guy that was shocked, to find out just after he was re-elected governor that Texas was, as widely predicted after large tax cuts, $27 billion in the hole? Sounds like he’d make a picture perfect Republican primary candidate.

  5. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/09/2011 - 09:28 am.

    The Republican lineup continues to tread a fine line between laughable and terrifying. I lean toward the terrifying, myself.

    Aside from the plutocratic Mr. Romney, the outsized egos of Mr. Pawlenty and Mrs. Bachmann, and beyond the God complex of Newt Gingrich, we now apparently have a man who, as Richard Schulze suggests, has the grasp of basic economics of a not-very-bright 5-year-old, something unfortunately typical of this cycle’s Republican candidates. Rick Perry’s “Texas Miracle” has largely consisted of minimum-wage jobs and truly abysmal educational outcomes, but that seems in character for a state where, I’m told, Pizza Hut is the largest employer.

    That’s not a comforting vision of our economic future.

    In addition to the criticism that Mr. Perry richly deserves, I have to toss in an “amen” for Matt’s comment. Where’s Molly when we really need her?

  6. Submitted by Joseph Skar on 08/09/2011 - 11:46 am.

    #4 & #5 – I really need to ask, if you think Perry is that terrible, given the economic growth seen in Texas, what do you think of the President. I can’t name a single economically effective measure he has passed following his election (with only 7 months of divided government too). The best grade you could give the economy under his control is stagnant. I want to see a Minnpost Miracle in which the posters/authors actually provide an economic idea rather than piss and moan about politics. Give me QE3, payroll tax holiday, bonding bill, or whatever else.

  7. Submitted by David Greene on 08/09/2011 - 11:47 am.

    This is the guy that said Texas could secede whenever it wants to.

    Hmm…maybe not such a bad guy after all.

  8. Submitted by C.S. Senne on 08/09/2011 - 12:18 pm.

    Run, Slick Rick, run! Bets are now being placed on the Sister Shelley-Pastor Rick pray-off.

  9. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/09/2011 - 06:38 pm.


    I never use the stock market as an economic indicator. Too cyclical…

    It’s clear why Standard and Poor’s acted when it did. The refusal of the House Republicans to raise taxes under any circumstances was a major consideration in its decision. Standard and Poor’s has pored over the figures for federal income and expenditure as I have and they have reached the same conclusion: that any balancing of the budget without tax hikes is a mathematical impossibility.

    If we really were in recession we would already see it in hundreds of leading indicators, from rail car loadings, to FedEx deliveries, to sea container utilization rates. But the signs are just not there. Recessions don’t pop up out of the blue.

    Mr. Perry’s record speaks for itself, both good and bad. It would be unfair to cherry pick his stats one way or the other.

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