"After the 2012 Republican primary, we knew that we needed to solve what we called the Governor's smartness problem. The fix that we came up with was glasses, but, as it turned out, that was only half the solution." - said Harland Dorrinson, an aide to Perry
Oh, he's wearing them to "look" smart. A lot of folks do that but always manage to open their mouths and the whole glasses effect goes out the window. Apparently, Governor Perry had the same problem. Just when the glasses had him looking all PRO-"feshnol and stuff", he went and opened his mouth.
After outfitting Perry with designer eyewear, aides sent him on the road to reintroduce himself to voters, but the response, Mr. Dorrinson said, was underwhelming:
"The problem was, he was still talking." (SOURCE)
A round of focus groups convinced aides that only through a combination of wearing glasses and not emitting any sounds could Perry overcome voters' initial impressions of him.
Well it's a long time until 2016 and the last time I checked Perry was still four-eyed and talking. Not a good look for the GOP if they are planning to run him in 2016.