Well, Perry has convinced me: He really could be governor for life. He appears unbeatable in Texas. That he is at 49% today in the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll versus a serious Republican challenger after “oops!” is phenomenal. This has to mean that he has repaired his standing with the tea party as well as Republicans in general. Jeremy Bird of Battleground Texas might as well go home.

The only question now is, Is this the kind of poll number that Perry wants so that he can declare victory, announce that he’s not running in 2014, and look ahead to another national race in 2016?