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Are Rick Perry’s Eyes Set on Higher Office?

In case you missed it, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced earlier today that he will not seek re-election in 2014.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced Monday that he would not seek an unprecedented fourth full gubernatorial term. He previously served as George W. Bush’s lieutenant governor for the state, taking over the governor’s mansion in 2000, when Bush resigned to become president. He has since been elected for the state’s top post three times.

I believe Rick Perry has his eyes set on higher office.

His approval rating has actually shot up in the state of Texas since he called a special legislative session to stomp on reproductive freedom, and virtually no challenger within the state would have a chance of defeating him if he were to run for another term. During his announcement he also said that he will spend the remainder of his term in office contemplating what his “future path” will be.

Either he’s simply tired of being Governor, or he wants to spend a great deal of time preparing for a presidential run rather than jumping in at the last second and shitting the bed as he did in 2012.

One might assume that there is no recovery from “Oops,” but personally I find myself coming back to the same question I began asking in 2011; who else could possibly run?

The last time I asked myself that question, we ended up watching the spectacle of Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Herman Cain run for president. 2016 is anyone’s circus.