Two good Governors, for sure…but we have to be careful about thinking that what a governor can do on the State level can also be done on the Federal level.
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A couple of governors on a ticket woudl go a long way. Governors have made-to-publish resumes and experience that translates into instant credibility. That doesn’t mean all governors are great or that they will instantly win - it just means that when compiling a list of Pros and Cons, governors have great advantages.
One thing governors have is an image of independence from the legislature (any legislature). For example, one thing that will cause Obama some trouble in 2012 are stands he took as a Senator compared with stands he took as a President (especially foreign policy). When you serve in Congress, it is hard to pull off the transition to the executive branch (which is designed to have some tension with the legislative branch) because the change sets up too many instances where you look hypocritical or nakedly political to suit your own ends at the time (cf., Obama’s criticism of Bush as C-in-C compared to how Obama has acted).
Governors get to travel past some of this and they appear to be naturally independent and ready to wear the executive hat as a result.
Governors also have built-in “management styles” that they can instantly talk up and advertise to compare and contrast themselves from Obama (or any other incumbent executive), and people like to hear about this kind of stuff with respect to the Presidency. Legislators don’t have this to talk about.
I don’t think Perry’s chances are great, but he has Texas’ economic track record to run on, and that helps with what will be the most important issue in 2012.
My half-baked recipe for someone to become president? Get some private sector experience, serve in the House of Representatives for a reasonable period (not too long), maybe take a break with more private sector experience (but stay close to the policy world), do not serve in the Senate, go back to your home state and be governor, and then run for President.