Rick Perry, the Texas governor actively campaigning to make George W. Bush's stewardship of the Lone Star state seem like a bygone utopia, is expected to announce his intent to run for president on Saturday.
You might know Perry for his recent prayer rally (subtitled: "Separation of Church and State? Fuck that."), or maybe his coy hints that Texas might like to secede from the Union, or perhaps you're just familiar with his past: he was a C & D student who is now intent on slashing about $10 billion (yes, with a "b") from the education budget.
Anyway, regardless of your level of familiarity with Perry, you should know that he's probably going to run for president in 2012, a move that's going to draw yet another pasty, old, moth into the flame of the race for the GOP nomination.
Perry plans to deliver the announcement in a speech he's scheduled to deliver in South Carolina on Saturday, so clear your calendars and get ready for the most rootin', tootin', campaign announcement yet.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that "He [Perry] has the potential to appeal to both the economic conservatives and social conservatives," which seems like a coded way of saying male Tea Partiers who aren't comfortable voting for Michele Bachmann. Either way, Perry's candidacy should result in an entertaining campaign at the very least, and it's a long way to next November, folks — hope you're prepared.