South Carolina Republican strategists turn starry-eyed when they talk about Rick Perry of Texas entering the race. And Perry has recruited some of the most established consultants in the state to advise or work for him.
The allure is that –even without announcing yet, the Texas governor already polls higher that most the primary field. He’s a Southerner and a social conservative. He has served in major public office longer than some of the others, adding some weight to the field.
Look for some Civil War or Alamo references in his messages this weekend as he tries to connect with conservative South Carolinians. He has even mentioned the benefits of secession during his long tenure as governor.
He’ll immediately have to hit the ground running, literally, as Michele Bachmann will be coming to Upstate South Carolina Tuesday to begin her bus tour.
Regardless of what happens in Ames, South Carolina voters will be expecting plenty of attention before the state’s first-in-the-South primary later this year.