From today’s Washington Times:
A smoldering Texas political rivalry broke onto the national stage Tuesday as aides close to former President George W. Bush took potshots at the just-announced candidacy of Rick Perry, who succeeded Mr. Bush as governor in Austin 10 years ago.
On the day a poll named Mr. Perry the new front-runner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, some prominent Texas Republicans say that anti-Perry forces, including the GOP’s “Bush wing,” are playing up stories to undermine the governor’s fledgling campaign.
Karl Rove, Mr. Bush’s top political aide and a leading GOP strategist, was one of a number of one-time Bush aides questioning remarks made by Mr. Perry in the opening days of his campaign, including comments strongly critical of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and remarks Mr. Rove suggested were a bid to establish distance between Mr. Perry and his former boss.
Mr. Rove, a Fox News commentator, even suggested he had picked up “vibrations” that Mr. Perry may face strong new rivals for the GOP nomination from such figures as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who to date have not entered the field. (more)