Rick Perry goes Diesel on Romneycare

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Rachel remarked a couple weeks ago that the nexus of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry and former hopeful Tim Pawlenty, was…Vin Diesel. Not because the Hollywood star was endorsing either candidate, but because first the Pawlenty camp and then the Perry one released campaign ads that seemed better suited for Vin Dieses action films. Both released loud, almost apocalyptic movie trailers (cut by the same guy) positioning both men as manly-manly heroes coming to save America from its current President.

Rick Perry, it seems, also wants to save America from Mitt Romney.

Yesterday, his campaign released online the teaser trailer for The Fast and the Furious 6 this ad attacking the former Massachusetts governor for giving birth to President Obama’s health reform. Even as Forbes’ Avik Roy noted today that the ad is “getting a lot of play in conservative circles,” he warned: “[T]urn down the volume, if you value your hearing.” I’d offer the same advice:

(By the way, yes: that was our own Chris Hayes you saw flashing past a quarter of the way through.)

Team Romney has swung back with a response, but I think Sara Kliff at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog really nails it at the end of her recap:

We’ll get a better glimpse at what a Perry attack on Massachusetts health reform looks like, without special effects, tomorrow night.

What’s tomorrow night? Yet another Republican presidential debate, in New Hampshire. Another thing Governors Perry and Pawlenty share: they aren’t very good at attacking Mitt Romney in person.

Governor Pawlenty’s pulling of the punch became a political cautionary tale. Still, Governor Perry also managed to whiff when, as Rachel noted on September 23, he fumbled his attack lines while trying to hit Governor Romney for flip-flopping. Debates were neither candidate’s strong suit. Whether this powerful (and loud) line of attack will now be an effective one for Governor Perry’s flagging campaign may very well depend on how the governor himself hits his target when they’re sharing the same stage.

Tim Pawlenty, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney

Rick Perry goes Diesel on Romneycare

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