For Some Reason, Rick Perry Thinks He Might Run For President Again

To say that Rick Perry’s Presidential campaign turned into a flaming disaster, thanks mostly to his debate performances of course, would be an understatement. Perry entered the race as the heralded savior of the conservative base, announcing his candidacy at a Red State Gathering on the day of the Ames Straw Poll no less, and raised a tremendous amount of money in a very short period of time. Before long, though, he revealed himself to be, at most, a mediocre campaigner and a pathetically inept debater and his campaign had mostly fizzled out by the time November rolled around, being eclipsed by a man whose claim to fame was running a pizza company in the 1990s.

After that experience, you’d think Perry would want to stay away from Presidential politics, but apparently not:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said “absolutely” he would consider another presidential run. Speaking from the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., the Republican governor did not hesitate when Chuck Todd, host of Daily Rundown, asked him if he would ever consider doing so again.

“Oh absolutely. There’s a long time until 2016 and a lot of good things can happen,” he said.

Perry has hinted at a 2016 run before. In April, he told a Texas CBS affiliate station he would consider another go at the presidency.

Some advice, Governor. Find something else to amuse you.

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  1. PJ says:

    Maybe he started receiving acupuncture and his back pain is gone?

  2. legion says:

    Well, as horrible as the GOP’s field was this cycle, he very well could imagine himself being a viable option in 2016. But a lot of the party’s actually competent politicians & campaigners saw the difficulty of running against an incumbent while trying to manage a deeply split set of base voters, and wisely stayed out of the race this year. The only reason Perry got in at all was because he’s too dense to figure things like that out – once the “big boys” show up to run in ’16, I think he’ll get kicked to the curb in very short order.

  3. dennis says:

    Un-self aware, meet Rick Perry. Oh, you already know each other? Okay, then . . .

  4. de stijl says:

    In his defence, he does have exceptional hair.

  5. legion says:

    What I find hilarious is that all of these has-beens they’re talking to have mentioned “future runs” in 2016…Even the GOP’s own front-runners are assuming Romney won’t be running for re-election then.

  6. Nikki says:

    Even the GOP’s own front-runners are assuming Romney won’t be running for re-election then.

    No, they know he is going to lose. The Daily Show’s slogan for their RNC coverage is most appropriate: “RNC 2012: The Road to Jeb Bush 2016.”

  7. Franklin says:

    @PJ: I’m sympathetic to someone with severe back pain. But that’s not why he’s not the nominee. (Yes, I realize you are being a bit sarcastic.)

    Anyway, he’s a typically pompous Texan.

  8. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Well, without the back surgery and without the addled GOP primary “base” going full retard over Gardasil and in-state tuition for illegals things might have been a lot different. Dude after all is a multi-term governor of a large and fast growing state. Shit, most politicians who’ve run for president over their careers haven’t received even a fraction of the votes that have been cast in favor of Perry.

    That all said, while losing a national primary is no bar to winning the very next one or to winning one down the road (Reagan, H.W. Bush, Dole, McCain, Romney), flaming out in a national primary in a toxic disaster of a train wreck leaves a stench that’s quite difficult to overcome. It’s nearly impossible to envision Perry ever becoming the GOP nominee.

  9. al-Ameda says:

    I hope he runs in 2016.

    He’s Sarah Palin without the mean streak. Just as uninformed and nutty as she is, yet a far more pleasant person.

  10. bill says:

    no, he doesn’t.

  11. bootspur says:

    Geez, I hope Dick Perry decides to take another stab at the Presidency that lunatic made such a fool of himself and the Яɘpublicɐn Pɐяtʎ it acted as negative advertisement for WHY anyone would NOT want to be a Republican.. Republican’s field a thanksgiving table full of fruits, nuts and leftover turkey parts who want to President of our Country and it scares sane people away!