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May 27, 2011

Rick Perry...Why Now That You Mention It, I Am Thinking About Running For President

Is America ready for another Governor for Texas as President? We might get to find out.

“I’m going to think about it” after the legislative session ends Monday, Perry said. He added, “But I think about a lot of things.”

For years, Perry has said that he would not run for president and that he had no interest in the job. He has often said that he has said no to the presidential question in as many ways as he could.

But he and his advisers have inched closer to saying he may run all week, following the announcement that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels would not enter the GOP field. A couple of days ago, he told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News that a run was tempting.

Many conservatives have called on Perry to enter a field which could have room for a social and fiscal conservative with Perry’s energy and charisma. And, intentionally or not, the governor has set himself up for a run over the last couple of years, making a Texas/Washington contrast the focus of his 2010 re-election and writing a book called “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington.”

With Cain, Pawlenty and Gingrich already in and Romney, Santorum and Bachmann (really?) getting set to announce shortly, it's getting to be time for folks like Perry and Palin to decide or get out of the way and let the candidates who are serious about this do their thing*.

Obviously politicians are going to do what's best for themselves but we really need to focus on the people who have stepped up and decided to take on the challenge of getting Barack Obama the hell out of the White House. At some point (sooner than later to my mind) they need to stop playing coy and make an announcement on way or another. We went through this last time with Teh Fred and it may have hurt the chances of conservatives to coalesce around a legitimate challenger to McCain.

And no, I didn't include people like Christie or Ryan in this. The buzz for them is coming from others while they've been pretty clear they aren't running. They might change their minds but they aren't being coy about it.


FTR- I don't think Palin is running. FNC forced Gingrich, Santorum and Huckabee to decide if they were candidates or pundits. There's no push on about Palin. Either FNC knows she's not running or she's too valuable to them to risk losing. But even with her value to them, FNC at some point (pretty soon you'd think) has to force her hand like they did with the others.

Also for the record...when I saw the movie news and the bus tour news I was a 100% sure she was running. So, that prediction comes with an Obama like expiration date of the next bit of news.


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