Mitt Romney's Attack Ad On Rick Perry: Dimwit In Charge?

OK, he didn't call him a dimwit, but you get the point. The title of the ad is: Ready To Lead? Mitt Romney goes Jon Stewart on Rick Perry in his new attack ad against Perry. He Bushifies Perry in the ad, giving a nod to George's famous Bushisms.

It's interesting that Mittens is going after Perry and not Cain, since Cain is up in the polls while Perry is hemorrhaging support from every orifice. That's another indication that the Republican establishment knows the support for Cain is superficial, an attempt to appear not racist after the tea party was exposed as being exactly that during their rallies. It's also a protest against conservatives being forced to vote for the flip flopping Romney. Perry is still the real obstacle that will stand against him as the primaries wind down for the GOP nomination. A good indicator is where the money is:

3rd Quarter results:

Rick Perry $17,200,232
Mitt Romney $14,222,571
Ron Paul $8,268,500
Jon Huntsman $4,514,189
Michele Bachmann $3,907,748
Herman Cain $2,813,342
Newt Gingrich $807,962

Huntsman, Newt, Bachmann, Santorum and Cain are practically broke at this point and some will need to drop out soon. Where will their support end up? It won't matter that much who the ex-candidates choose to endorse after they depart and the fact that Romney is playing the Bush card on Perry this soon is not a good sign for his campaign. I've said all along he'd be the guy to win the GOP nomination, but if money keeps flowing to Perry, disaffected social conservatives may side with him since they have a deep hatred of Romney's flops and his religion. Especially since it's been revealed that Romney edited his own paperback book which discusses his health care plan.

We wondered: Had Romney really touted Massachusetts-style health care for all — then deleted it? We got copies of the paperback and hardcover editions.

Romney's changes to the book have been explored before, by Boston political journalist David S. Bernstein. He noted in February that Romney had added harsher language on the national health care law as passed: "Obamacare will not work and should be repealed," and, "Obamacare is an unconstitutional federal incursion into the rights of states."

Romney more clearly explained ways that he disagreed with implementation of the Massachusetts law.

He also changed this line, which came after a paragraph touting the success of the Massachusetts health plan:

HARDCOVER: "We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country, and it can be done without letting government take over health care."


PAPERBACK: "And it was done without government taking over health care."

Conservatives like Ace aren't buying his answers now on this issue and even Santorum used the book edits to attack Mitt's credibility. Saddle up.


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