The gist of the Politico article that asks that question seems to be that Perry’s certainly not dumb about politics and about campaigning. That may end up mattering.
Funny thing, that’s exactly what Obama wasn’t dumb about.
Otherwise, Perry’s positioned himself to be Obama’s antithesis. The perception is that Obama is smart (read: intellectual) and Perry is dumb (read: anti-intellectual). That just may be exactly what each of them would like you to think.