The New York Times is taking a friendly interest in Rick Perry (please excuse the crude linking as I am away from home.)
The Times notes that Perry is no George W. Bush http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/06/us/politics/06perry.html?hp=&pagewanted=all
It also turns out that Perry is pretty good at working the (mostly congenial) Texas state legislature and (complicated) executive bureaucracy. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/us/03ttperry.html?ref=rickperry
They report, you decide.
h/t to Commentary’s Contentions