Why Rick Perry is Slamming Romneycare Today

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So Rick Perry has a new ad up that slams Romneycare in about the same apocalyptic tones you’d normally use to advertise a movie about a zombie invasion of the world. Perry’s ad, of course, is plainly not meant to influence the upcoming primaries, which are still months away. It’s meant to create a mini-feud on the day before a Republican debate, thus prompting the debate moderators to mention it, or maybe play a clip, and then demand that Romney address Perry’s blast.

I guess this is legit. And it’s not as if the subject probably wouldn’t come up anyway. But I just thought it was worth a note. This is one of the ways that primary battles are waged in the brave new era of YouTube and the endless debate. Creating teensy little controversies right before each confrontation is all part of the game nowadays.

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