Inside the Beltway: Is Gov. Rick Perry mulling another White House run?

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It’s called the most popular parlor game in Texas: Is Gov. Rick Perry mulling another White House run? We should know on Monday when Mr. Perry steps before a microphone at the Caterpillar heavy equipment dealer in San Antonio — which happens to be the nation’s largest — to reveal his “exciting future plans,” among other things.

Perry’s expected to keep the door wide open for another White House campaign. And perhaps he might associate himself with an organization or foundation that gives him a platform to talk about small government and the Texas economy to a national audience,” says Wayne Slater, a political writer for The Dallas Morning News.

But there’s talk about Perry fatigue, even in the Lone Star State.

“What’s he got to lose? His last stab at the White House was so disastrous that expectations this time would be below sea level,” Mr. Slater notes. “Just showing up and not making a mistake, demonstrating he can remember three things in the same sentence, might earn him a second look from voters.

“At the very least, Perry could repair the damage to his public image. Should lightning strike, he might even become the consensus choice of the conservative GOP base looking to counterbalance the moderate wing of the party that includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.”

REALITY FOR YOUNG VETS

Stark and unsettling employment numbers for an overlooked demographic have been released by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, a research group that tracks month-to-month employment among American vets, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics. The reality: a fifth of the nation’s young warriors are jobless.

“The nation’s youngest veterans, ages 20-24, are experiencing one of the highest unemployment rates at 21 percent,” the research says.

It notes the rate is 7 percentage points higher than that of non-veteran peers of the same age, adding, “Approximately 68 percent of post-9/11 veterans ages 20-24 have been unemployed for more than five weeks,”

NOT MY KID

President, lawmaker, delegate? Forget about it. By a 2-to-1 margin, 64 percent to 31 percent, Americans would not like their child to go into politics as a career, reports Gallup poll analyst Jeffrey Jones.

These numbers have been consistent since 1944, when the pollster first posed this question to the public.

“Most Americans would not prefer their son or daughter to go into politics as a career, and this preference has not changed appreciably over time even as Americans’ frustration with the government has grown,” Mr. Jones says.

“Compared with other possible careers, politics ranks fairly low in Americans’ pecking order. Another historical Gallup question has consistently found Americans mentioning a career in medicine or technology as the one they would advise a young man or woman to pursue.

“A career in politics or government has historically ranked well behind those professions as well as law, business, teaching, and engineering,” he says.

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