One of the signs that your campaign is not doing so well is the inability to pay or retain your most important staff positions. When Herman Cain lost one of his major campaign organizers a couple of weeks ago it was a sign that while he might rise in the polls his organization wouldn’t be able to sustain anything. The same applies for Michelle Bachman, whose entire campaign staff from New Hampshire quit in en masse last week leaving her with essentially nothing in a state that she would have to be competitive in to stay part of the presidential race. And we all know about how many staffers from the Newt Gingrich vanity tour have disappeared.
So with that in mind it’s pretty amazing that the Rick Perry campaign, considered long dead by political pundits due to his poor debate performances is actually doing some big name hiring. Of course the Perry campaign’s hiring of a new pollster is both a good sign and a bad sign for his future prospects. On the one hand it shows that he still has tons of cash on hand and hasn’t given up on his chances of winning the nomination. On the other hand the fact the he’s been in the race for months and just hired a national pollster to help him with his message is a sign that he wasn’t really prepared for the job to begin with. Either way, you can’t put a fork in Rick “Ranch” Perry just yet. Wait until Thanksgiving.
This article originally appeared at Politic365.com.