"The timing is right," says University of Houston political scientist Jim Granato. "With the wind of the November elections at his back, Gov. Perry could sustain and even accelerate the (Republicans') current political momentum."
By galvanizing GOP governors, coordinating efforts with ascendant Republicans on Capitol Hill and barnstorming on behalf of his book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington, Perry hopes to foment a rebellion against federal regulation that could trigger the most sweeping devolution of federal powers to the states in decades.
"The governor has a great passion for freeing states from the one-size-fits-all mentality. He firmly believes that if you unleash the states you get good ideas for solving problems — not a magic wand, but good ideas," says Dave Carney, a veteran GOP political consultant and Perry confidante.
In some ways this message sounds like Fred Thompson's message, but I think Rick has a better operation than Fred had in 2008... but I think Rick will actually have more credibility with this message if he truly refuses not to run for president... if he can truly get governors together in a coalition to challenge Obama successfully he may be far more effective at driving the states rights and federalism message than Fred was... or wasn't... in the 2008 presidential race...