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.”