Megan McArdle is skeptical. She doesn't think Rick Perry deserves much credit for creating all those jobs in Texas. However, after laying out her argument point by point she blows it with her conclusion (my emphasis):
There are a lot of reasons for Texan growth, and very few of them can be laid at the feet of the governor. For which we should really thank God. If states really could be boosted into the stratosphere, or driven into the ground, merely by changing the occupant of the governor's office, we'd have to live with the constant risk that our fellow voters would elect an idiot, and destroy our lives.
Does the name Obama ring a bell? OK, he's the president, not a governor, but sheesh! Where has she been?