Have I mentioned that he has a terrific record of jobs growth as governor? Oh, right, I have. About five different times.
But over the past two weeks, political advisers and friends say, Mr. Perry has changed his tune on a possible presidential campaign. In private conversations, they say, the three-term governor said he worries that the current GOP contenders have yet to stir real excitement within the party and may struggle when facing President Barack Obama.
“He thinks there is a void [in the current field of candidates], and that he might be uniquely positioned to fill that void,” said one Perry confidant who talked to the governor last week…
[V]arious signs suggest the Perry camp may be setting the groundwork for a potential White House run. One Perry ally who talked to him recently said the governor has been struck by how “pivotal” the next election will be, and how his resume may be a better fit for the campaign than that of anyone now in the race…
Some of Mr. Perry’s own top aides have had tentative discussions with unaffiliated campaign operatives who worked for previous Republican presidential candidates, according to people familiar with the exchanges.
“Prominent Texas GOP donors” are calling around asking for advice on how and when he should get in. Meanwhile, Perry also just announced a huge religious gathering on August 6 in Houston during which attendees will pray and fast for America. It’s a non-political event, but he did invite the governors of all 49 other states to participate. The Ames straw poll is scheduled to take place exactly one week later. I can’t wait to hear what sort of bon mots Ed Rollins has waiting for him.
In lieu of any relevant new video of Perry talking about running, here’s Ann Coulter showing enduring devotion to the other perpetual will-he-or-won’t-he non-candidate in the race.