Speculation about the political future of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose run for the Republican nomination for president in 2012 was so disastrous, remains rife. What that future if any might be depends on who is speculating.
Perry may run for president again
ABC News notes that Perry actually has two decisions looming, whether to run for a new term for governor in 2014 and then a presidential run in 2016. Both decisions would be taken later in 2013, likely after the current session of the Texas Legislature. The National Journal buttresses the idea of a new Perry run for president by noting that his 2012 platform, which included a fiscal conservative approach to spending and taxes along with reforms of entitlements and the immigration system, is being belatedly embraced by Republican leaders, including other potential 2016 candidates. Perry would have to overcome memories of some remarkable performances in 2012, such as the infamous "oops" moment however if he wants to be a viable candidate in 2016.
Perry may turn Texas Democratic
The National Journal also suggests that Perry could "turn Texas blue" by his opposition to Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. The scenario suggests that while in the short term rejection of federal money to expand Medicaid in Texas will not harm Perry or the GOP in Texas, it might prove unsustainable in the long run as the growing population of Hispanic Texans may demand coverage and would vote into office Democrats who might be more willing to take the federal money. However, state Republicans might be agreeable to a Medicaid expansion if the Obama administration will allow Texas to revamp the Medicaid system for all recipients, using the money to subsidize private insurance, which is considered a more free market approach that would drive down costs. However, as Hot Air notes, Obamacare is becoming increasingly unpopular, even among Democrats, so the case can be made that Perry is on the right side of history after all.
Perry may lead Texas out of the Union
One of the more bizarre speculations about what Perry may be plotting comes from Raw Story. Apparently Perry is planning to create a Texas gold depository, much like Fort Knox, that could serve as the basis of currency for an independent Texas republic. Perry did joke about seceding from the Union in 2009 and a We the People petition expressed a certain amount of support for the idea. But Perry himself has never expressed a serious desire to become the president of an independent Republic of Texas.
Texas resident Mark Whittington writes about state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.