People outside of Texas might not have realized that Perry was an accidental governor and Rove protege who switched parties at exactly the right time in history, got lucky -- and never faced a serious challenger.
The guy couldn't break 40% of the vote running against the likes of Kinky Friedman in one of the most right-wing states in the country.
It's not over for Perry, but it will be soon enough. As I saw it, his best path to victory would've been to avoid the media (and most of the debates) and the press, a la Palin in '08. Oh well.
This isn't great news for Obama. You can bet Axelrod was salivating over a Perry-Bachmann ticket.