Today, Aug. 13, 2011. Rick Perry enters the race, having artfully played the waiting game to swell expectations while avoiding scrutiny and debates. He will be the darling of the Tea Party and the evangelical right (the real start to his campaign was his recent prayer meeting in Houston), and he will be palatable to fiscal hawks and corporate America. In all likelihood, he will be seen by primary voters as saving the party from Romney.
But the thing is, Perry will be chewed up by Barak Obama and his swarm of media supporters. For Barak Obama, the key to victory is a GOP candidate who makes independents nervous and causes them to either return to the Obama fold or stay home.
Rick Perry is just the guy Obama had in mind.
Addendum: Perry definitely makes the race more interesting now. I think it quickly becomes a three person race between Bachmann, Perry and Romney, with Paul hanging around for entertainment. Who does Perry go after the hardest—Bachmann, because she appeals to the same people he does and will drain off his votes, or Romney, because there is more of a contrast for him to highlight?
I did like this Perry line: “I will work every day to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your lives as I can.”