We need a hero. Rick Perry is coming.
He's conservative enough, he's photogenic, well-spoken, has executive experience and he just might save the Republican Party, and the country, from another term of Barack Obama.
As a Republican, I'm excited about Perry entering the race. I have some issues with his candidacy, mostly with the doubt that the country will elect yet another governor from Texas so soon after the last one, but in general I look forward to Perry shaking up a rather lackluster primary season.
He has some amazing successes in Texas to point to and a record of growing an economy with which to challenge the "Downgrade President". Rick Perry might actually be the real thing. Opposition to him by a few Tea Party groups seems based in their support of other candidates and not because of his record. He may be able to unite all the factions of the Republican party. He seems poised to do it and do it well.
As a realist, though, I'm not completely sold on Rick Perry's candidacy and here's why: For the last few political seasons this movie has played out in the exact same way. A boring primary field awaits its savior, the one who will defeat the opposition and bring success to his party.
Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson all brought with them the sense that they would be different, that they could energize the base and also win the general election, that they could win and that they would. They all flamed out.
I'm concerned that these spikes of enthusiasm from the base will fizzle out and we'll be left with the ones who were there all along. But now those candidates will look even worse to us as the ones we sought so desperately to replace (see: John Kerry and John McCain). That has a Barack Obama win written all over it.
So I'll wait and see about Rick Perry. I'd love to believe in a savior but I've been burned before. Is this the real one? Time will tell.
Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at Alarming News and about life in the city with her husband and baby at 212 Baby. She can be followed on Twitter.