Is Bush Texan politicians’ scarlet letter? 

Does being from the same state as former President George W. Bush lower your chances of a successful presidential campaign?

Todd J. Gillman of the Dallas Morning News writes of the past woes of Texas politicians due to Bush’s presidency:

Bush fatigue was a key reason Bush's brother, Jeb, a popular Florida governor, ruled out a run for president. Its close cousin, Texas fatigue, seemed to rule out Perry, even though he long ago distanced himself from Bush, critiquing his predecessor in the governor's mansion for a lack of fiscal discipline.

A new report released by the Wall Street Journal and NBC, however, shows voters might be changing their minds.

Though Perry has not even announced an official run for the nomination, he sits at fourth in the Republican field behind Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Herman Cain.  Right on his heels is another Texan, Ron Paul.

And that looks like good news for Texan politicians, Gillman says:

That suggests Texas fatigue may not be a huge issue in the GOP nominating contest. Even though some Republicans remain sour on Bush, for them, Texas remains a place where the economy has done well because conservatism is triumphant. 

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