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Pollster calls Perry â??unusually weak;' New Ab Buster ordered 

Greg Harman

It's strange to think of our tough-talking Governor â?? “Deadshot,” “Good Hair,” "Chicken," whatever you're calling him these days â?? as “unusually weak,” but that's where Public Policy Polling ranked the 2.5-term Texas governor in a poll released today.

As the longest-serving Texas governor, Perry has also been considered one of the strongest. He's been able to stick some of his most faithful contributors on public-service boards and in numerous judge's chairs, though he has sometimes had to call them in early, as he did with Austin Attorney Sam Bassett of the Texas Forensics Board.

And I can see his point. The death chambers are most efficiently warmed with a steady stream of body heat, anyway.

And yet, despite all his testosteroidal power (if this PPP is to be believed), only 36 percent of y'all think Perry is doing good work. Meanwhile, a potentially power-shifting 37 percent like the former Houston Mayor who took on Energy City's toxic alley, the Houston Ship Channel. (Good to know our recent differences on open-meetings matters didn't send the White campaign skittering into the sticks.)

So once again Texas appears to be fulfilling its consistent function of serving as an anomaly to the rest of the Union.

Writes the Triple-P:

In almost every race in the country right now Republican voters are more unified around their candidates than Democrats are and independents are leaning toward the GOP. Texas is running against the national grain on both of those counts- White is winning 15% of Republicans while Perry gets just 10% of Democrats and White also has a 42-36 advantage with independent voters.

Things look promising for White but Texas is still a conservative state where Barack Obama is exceedingly unpopular and that could end up proving to be too much for him to overcome. It may end up that White is the right candidate just running in the wrong cycle. But for now this looks like a surprisingly strong opportunity for Democrats and a race that could certainly end up as one of the most closely watched in the country.

One of the most closely watched races in the country? Sounds like something that merits a debate or something, right? Ask Chicken Perry about that sometime next time you see him jogging by.

`Read the full results of PPP's poll (PDF).`

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