Six months to go, and Kay Bailey’s on-the-ground campaigning in August brought her back from an early deficit. She mayÂ be anÂ awkward speaker and seem aÂ reluctant back-slapper,Â but she’s running against a man who was re-elected by only 39% of the voters. Now we can expect a new barrage of negative ads from Perry. If Hutchison gains more ground by December and actually takes the lead by 10 points or so, Perry may start considering his options. After all, his sights are set elsewhere, and both Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower were college presidents when they were elected president.Â Perry is not smart, but he is clever — and he appointed the board of Texas A&M.