Perry For President 2012: And So It Begins?

The conservative Web site Real Clear Politics is reporting it is detecting whiffs of Governor Rick Perry gearing up to run for president in 2012.

"A Texas pol who is close to Perry has been telling a few key strategists that the nation's longest-serving governor sees a vacuum and is waiting to be summoned into the race," RCP reports.

"Waiting to be summoned into the race": sounds like Perry.

According to another well-connected Republican, at least one Perry confidant has been very quietly making inquiries about the political terrain in the nation's first voting state of Iowa. A third Perry associate, RCP has learned, has been heralding a small contingent of Iowans with the time-tested line that is often used by would-be candidates who are leaving their options open: "Keep your powder dry."

RCP says Perry "was tea party before the tea party was cool," which says so many, many things.

Anyway, a lot of Republicans are obviously concerned about the weakness in their 2012 field, so it's not surprising that talk like this crops up from time to time.

Would Perry be willing to do the excruciatingly hard work of a national campaign? Maybe he won't have to if he's "summoned."

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Richard Connelly
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