Gov. Rick Perry has come a long way since 2012, when he went from presidential front-runner to punch line in the blink of an eye and his campaign staff disintegrated into warring factions that eventually met in separate buildings.
He has a fresh, bespectacled look now. The back pain and sleep problems are gone. His political star seems to be rising again. And he has a new guru — the consultant Jeff Miller, a fundraiser and former adviser to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California.