You can expect the revived talk of a Rick-Perry-for-president campaign to shift into hyperdrive now that Rush Limbaugh is declaring the Texas governor the best hope Republicans have to bring life to a lackluster presidential field. Limbaugh, on this afternoon's show, declares the staunchly anti-Washington Perry has the mix of message and personality and appearance to drive Democrats "nuts" and dispel America of the notion that President Barack Obama is unbeatable in wake of the death of Osama bin Laden.
None of the current Republican candidates are building any excitement among GOP voters, Limbaugh said. But Perry, he declared, has the "potential to light this up."
What's more, Limbaugh said, "he's got great hair."
Perry's presidential prospects have come up periodically for years, and he has repeatedly said he loves his job as governor of Texas and is not running for president. But, as Limbaugh and scores of political analysts stress, anything is possible when a draft movement pops up and the candidate is recruited. That movement for Perry is going to get more and more buzz. The flip-side for Perry is that the national press corps already is beginning to take a fresh look at not just his positives, but also his negatives.