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June 23, 2011

WSJ Source: Perry's In

Still not confirmation...

A Republican campaign veteran tells us that Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to run for President, though the official word from Team Perry is still a definite maybe.

Our normally reliable Republican source reports that Mr. Perry has surveyed the field and decided to get in the race later this summer, perhaps around the time of the national prayer meeting that Mr. Perry is hosting on August 6 at a Houston football stadium. Our source also reports that Mr. Perry is aiming to compete in the Iowa Straw Poll, even though it occurs just a week later, on August 13. The thinking is that apparent front-runner Mitt Romney "does not reflect the Republican Party" and is therefore vulnerable to a credible challenge from the right, especially after Mr. Romney's recent squishy remarks on global warming.

Yeah, I don't know about waiting so long, but whatever.

Pretty much everything Perry does is consistent with a run, from talking to Giuliani (and, hear tell, Wall Street money-men), and checking out the lay of the land in New Hampshire.

Bryan Preston wonders why Politico is relying upon bottom-feeding wannabe-political-hatchet-man no-account no-name nobody blogger Mike Stark, who could not possibly know anything about this, as a background source for its Perry rumors article.

I'm trying to get comment from Ben Smith on Twitter, but he's just deflecting, not denying. I don't know if he knows the answer or not (it wasn't his article).

Meanwhile -- and I admit, this looks bad -- Rick Perry's red Prius was recovered by state troopers, abandoned at a highway rest stop.


Clarification: Some people aren't sure if the set-up for the joke is real or not -- about the Red Prius being discovered.

That's fake too. I'm making this all up, because I wanted to play the clip of the "Soup Kitchen."

Perry, I'm sure, does not drive a Prius, or else maybe I'd have to take these rumors more seriously.

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