The Texan with the slight Southern drawl who has called dozens of top Iowa Republican activists in the past few weeks sounds more and more like he’s about to run for president.
“I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,” Gov. Rick Perry told The Des Moines Register. “But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs.”
Perry is a God-thumping, swaggering, phony man-of-the-people who might just suck all the attention away from Michele Bachmann when he jumps into the race this fall. I don't think he'll make it to the big rodeo in November, 2012; it would be practically impossible for Republicans to sell the Republican governor of Texas who immediately followed George W. Bush as a presidential candidate to a United States that still believes George W. Bush fucked us on a fundamental level.
In fact, a Perry candidacy kind of reminds me of Hillary Clinton's dumb 2008 refrain that "It takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush." You never want to be linked to an old administration, even a successful one; Americans don't vote backward for presidents, we vote forward, into the future. But Republicans are going to fucking fall in hardcore love with Perry for a while, even as the big money candidates try to cram Romney down the electorate's throat.