Not to toot my own horn too loudly, but I was talking Rick Perry for President almost two years ago.

Now that it’s the rumor-du-jour (unless it’s bad form to use a Frenchism while talking about a Texan) that Texas Governor Rick Perry might actually become a presidential candidate…

Perry has admitted publicly that he is actively considering a White House run.

Adding more fuel to the fire, a source close to Perry’s political team told RealClearPolitics on Thursday afternoon that the Texas governor is “leaning toward getting in” to the race.

…and since everybody seems to be blogging about it these days, let me ask you one simple question: where were you two frickin’ years ago?

Like in July of ’09, when I asked:

…how long before Rick Perry starts showing up in these Republican preference polls?

Or in the following September:

Why doesn’t anybody ever mention Gov. Rick Perry?

Is there something about Perry that I don’t know? Some past indiscretion that would prevent him? Somebody do some research or something, huh?

Or a mere 20 days later, when I even took Instapundit to task over it?

Where were you then, people? Where were you then?

Hey, this isn’t an endorsement. It is a legitimate question, though: how can a two- (now three-) term governor of a major state which has weathered the recession far better than any other not show up at least on the long list of Republican candidates?

Is it because he’s an Aggie? Is that it?

Doesn’t make sense, if you ask me. Didn’t make sense two years ago. Consider yourselves admonished.

Hat tip Wombat Socho. Also at Memeorandum, now that everybody’s finally realized that my wild speculation of two years ago actually turned out to be pretty close, at least, for once.

UPDATE – Here, I’ll get the campaign theme started. Or, well fine, let the Wall Street Journal do it:

Some 37% of all net new American jobs since the recovery began were created in Texas. Mr. Fisher’s study is a lesson in what works in economic policy–and it is worth pondering in the current 1.8% growth moment.

…Texas is also among the few states that are home to more jobs than when the recession began in December 2007.

(Posted by The TrogloPundit.)

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