You knew it wouldn’t be long before the long knives would appear around the meteoric rise of the Rick Perry campaign, and here it starts, the form of a New York Times editorial:

The exchange of campaign contributions for government contracts, favors or positions is all too common in Washington and around the country. It has been developed to an especially high art — or more to the point, a low art — by Gov. Rick Perry in Texas. For a presidential contender who insists that big government is the country’s biggest problem, it is particularly cynical.

Since 2001, more than a fifth of the $83 million that Mr. Perry has raised for his gubernatorial campaigns has come from people he appointed to state boards and commissions, according to a study by Texans for Public Justice, a watchdog group. Just 150 individuals and couples gave him $37 million of that total, and nearly half received substantial tax breaks, business contracts or appointments from Mr. Perry, The Los Angeles Times reported.

As I said in previous comments and posts, the Perry bounce is a temporary phenomenon, and I firmly believe he will come back to the peleton as the shine comes off his new campaign due to assaults on his record by the media and opponents, Dem and GOP alike.

Here’s where it starts in earnest.