It appears we're almost past that point in the presidential primary season where we pretend it's still an open question whether a politician that's given us every signal he's going to run will actually do it.
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Trying to rebound from his bombed 2012 presidential run, former Gov. Rick Perry has given us every indication he wants to give it a second go in 2016. He put on his smart guy glasses (perhaps in a not-so-veiled attempt to get past that dumb-guy reputation that stuck after his infamous “Oops” moment). He's delivered slobbering love letters to states like New Hampshire, courting GOP primary voters (or, maybe he just wants to make sure we know that he knows what state he's in...unlike the last campaign). We can only imagine how, some years ago, Perry might have played to the conspiracy-tinged Jade Helm 15-hating base as governor. But the new Rick Perry? Dude wants nothing to do with that.
And today we got another impossible-to-misinterpret signal that Perry's gonna run, courtesy of this message wife Anita Perry sent to supporters this morning:
"Rick and I have been talking a lot about what the future holds for our great country, and the role our family can play in creating an America of unlimited opportunity for our children and grandchildren. Rick and I have been talking a lot about what the future holds for our great country, and the role our family can play in creating an America of unlimited opportunity for our children and grandchildren.”
She asked that supporters join the Perrys in Dallas on June 4 “for a major announcement!”
Since it's unlikely the Perrys love to throw parties whenever Rick bows out of a race, the Dallas Morning News felt comfortable just calling today Perry's unofficial entrance into the 2016 GOP primary pack, writing: “For months Perry has said that he would announce his decision in May or June. But his constant travel to the early contest states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida has left little doubt of his intentions.”