[Ed. – As Ed Morrissey says, there’s no real surprise here. Perry did endorse Cruz’s establishment opponent in his Senate race a few years ago, but in 2016, Cruz is Perry’s obvious choice.]
Perhaps not surprising, but certainly timely. Rick Perry started off the cycle by trying to atone for his 2012 fumbles, but a ridiculous indictment and a populist uprising never gave the Texas governor a chance. Instead, Perry will hit the campaign trail for Ted Cruz after giving his Lone Star State colleague his endorsement in an interview with Politico:
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is endorsing Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary, Perry told POLITICO in an interview Sunday night.
Perry, who also sought the GOP nomination before dropping out in September, said he now sees the race as one that is between Cruz, a fellow Texan, and Donald Trump. Through phone calls and during a December day spent driving around his Round Top, Texas, home in his truck with Cruz, Perry said he found the senator to be a good listener who respects the Tenth Amendment, “knows what he does not know” and is more conservative than Trump. …
Endorsements mean less than people usually think, and perhaps especially so in this cycle. For Cruz, though, this one might make a difference. Politico’s Katie Gleuck notes that Cruz has been under fire from the Washington establishment, who have made it known that they prefer the other of the “two people” to Cruz. Perry has made a career as governor by taking on Washington DC, so his track record as an anti-establishmentarian — in that sense, anyway — could boost Cruz’ credentials even further in that direction.