Progress on those plans: He's been traveling around the state giving speeches in support of his agenda ahead of the upcoming legislative session, and he cut an ad backing his lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, for Senate.
Post-candidacy humiliation: Perry tried to tweet in defense of companies supporting the model legislation mill that created Florida's Stand Your Ground legislation, and failed. Oh, and that photo to the left? That's Perry on a pink slime plant tour in March.
The Future Is [check one]: _√_ Bright; __ Grim; __ Undetermined. Perry is still pretty young and handsome, and Texas doesn't seem to mind if its governors make some gaffes now and then.
Ex-Candidate: Newt Gingrich
Last known whereabouts: Virginia
Bold announcement of future plans at moment of defeat: "Callista and I are gonna focus on a series of key issues and try to find ways to help educate and move the country and to try to educate and move policy in Washington, D.C.," he said when he for-real for-real quit the race. "I am not totally certain I will get to the moon colony. I am certain [grandchildren] Maggie and Robert will have that opportunity should they choose to take it."
Progress on those plans: Newt has just released an ebook! It's called $2.50 A Gallon: Why Obama Is Wrong and Cheap Gas Is Possible (it is actually not possible). Gingrich Productions have been sending out ads for his books that seem to say something about his mood. Instead of promoting the books about Ronald Reagan, he's promoting historical novels with grim titles: To Try Men's Souls, To Make Men Free. But even if he's sad, Gingrich has stayed his soundbitey self, telling Newsmax that President Obama endorsed gay marriage because "The fact is the gay caucus, the gay millionaires, gay activists are at the heart of the Obama system, and they had finally gotten tired of his equivocating. So he said what they wanted him to.”
Post-candidacy humiliation: Gingrich is America's most indebted politician, Forbes reports. His campaign owes $4.3 million, almost a quarter of that thanks to his taste for private jets.
The Future Is [check one]: __ Bright; __ Grim; _√_ Undetermined. Newt has always been good at getting on TV. But his for-profit organization has declared bankruptcy.
Ex-Candidate: Tim Pawlenty
Last known whereabouts: On CNN Tuesday, defending his old rival Mitt Romney.
Bold announcement of future plans at moment of defeat: "I wish it would have been different," he told ABC News' Jake Tapper.
Progress on those plans: Romney helped Pawlenty pay off all his campaign debt. He's been defending Romney, but he says he's done with this race. "I'm going to take my name off the list, so if ... you're a journalist, an observer, remove my name from the list," he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I went through it before with McCain."
Post-candidacy humiliation: Pawlenty's team refused to comment when BuzzFeed asked whether he was boring enough to be one of the "boring white guys" Romney's considering for running mate.
The Future Is [check one]: __ Bright; _√_ Grim; __ Undetermined. Can there be a political future for a guy too boring to make a joke about how boring he is?
(Photos via Associated Press, CNN.com.)
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