Texas Gov. Rick Perry will decide whether he's running for president "in the next several weeks," The Hill's Michael O'Brien reports. What will his decision be? Judging by Perry's actions in recent weeks, it looks like he's leaning toward getting in the race. On the other hand, Perry is reportedly worried about one admittedly critical factor: What a presidential campaign might do to his hair.
In explaining Perry's complicated relationship with George W. Bush--under whom he served as Texas' lieutenant governor--The New York Times' Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny note a staffer who served under both men keeps photos of the two in his office. "Those of Mr. Bush--fresh-faced with brown hair--are a stark reminder of how the campaign and the job of president can age a person," they write. "That is among the factors said to be weighing on Mr. Perry, who is 61." The Times does not remind readers that in Texas, Perry is famous for his hair. (His hair has not one but two Twitter handles; he was nicknamed "Governor Goodhair" by the late Molly Ivins; the tenth suggested Google image search for the governor is "Rick Perry hair.")
But there are signs that his grooming concerns aren't weighing too heavily. For example: Perry has been distancing himself from Bush, seen as a Republican who strayed too far from his party's fiscally conservative ideals, since at least 2007. He's rejected Bush's more liberal views on immigration, and in April, he bashed "No Child Left Behind."