Obamneycare is back, baby. And this time, it’s Photoshopped.
Tim Pawlenty’s painfully-misfired attempt to turn Mitt Romney and Barack Obama into the same person on health care has been picked up by Rick Perry and turned into a scary/hilarious new video that literally features Obama’s head morphing into Romney’s.
Here’s the video (for our money, the best part is 13 seconds in when the head change happens):
So in essence the health care stuff is the Pawlenty argument — which is now history considering modern T-Paw is officially a Romney guy. Much has been said about this argument, and Romney’s response has so far been, yes I imposed mandates on the people I governed once before but I swear I’ll never do it again.
Perry also goes after Romney on that other vulnerability that was supposed to be a huge problem for Romney but has turned out to be kind of a dud so far: flip-flopping. Perry tried this at the Orlando debate that killed his momentum a couple weeks ago, but he couldn’t make it stick.
The ad does a much better job of making the case, showing Romney changing political positions running with this quote: “Even the richest man can’t buy back his past.”
Not bad. But Perry has to hit the debate stage again tomorrow in New Hampshire and it will be interesting to see if he can take his powerful new ad and turn in into something real.
Team Romney responds:
“Rick Perry is a desperate candidate who will say and do anything to prop up his sinking campaign. In trying to deflect attention from his liberal in-state tuition policy for illegal immigrants, he has resorted to repeated dishonesty, distortions, and fabrications about Mitt Romney. After a mere eight weeks on the trail, Governor Perry is poised to dethrone his one-time boss Al Gore as the most prolific exaggerator and truth-fumbler in presidential campaign history,” Gail Gitcho, Romney’s communications director, said in a statement.