On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) got a mugshot taken. Two days later, he's moved on to better things, like checking things off the "things people thinking about a presidential campaign usually do" to-do list. And, if the pictures are any proof, he is absolutely relishing the change of topic, and is ready to fight anyone -- be it political opponents or litigious ones.
Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks about US President Barack Obama's handling of the situation in Iraq and the US immigration crisis along the border, at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB/Getty Images)
On Thursday, he stopped at the Heritage Foundation to give a speech on immigration. He also talked about Iraq and his pending case. On Friday, he'll be in New Hampshire (note the scenery) for six events. It's the first time he's been in the state since the 2012 presidential race. He heads to South Carolina next week.
Count Perry among the few people who have tried to turn this...
In this handout provided by the Travis County Sheriffs Office, Texas Gov. Rick Perry poses for a mug shot photo after turning himself in to authorities at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on August 19, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Travis County Sheriffs Office via Getty Images)
... into an opportunity for career advancement.
However, given the stiff competition the governor would likely face if he ran in 2016 (and his shoddy performance last time), Perry is probably doing a bit of this right now too.
Rick Perry, governor of Texas, gives a speech on immigration at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. "Defending the border is not a political option, it is a constitutional obligation," Perry said. Pete Marovich/Bloomberg
Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.