The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Mitt Romney made a curious attack on presidential rival Rick Perry in a speech at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention on Tuesday. In a clear reference to Perry, who has held elected public office in Texas for over two decades, Romney questioned whether a career politician such as the three-term Texas governor can solve the nation’s problems.

“I am a conservative businessman. I spent most of my life outside of politics, dealing with real problems in the real economy,” Romney said told the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention in San Antonio. “Career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don’t know how to get us out.”

Romney didn’t mention Perry by name during the speech, which comes as national polls show Perry with more support than Romney, who for months has led the pack seeking the GOP presidential nomination.

The remark suggests that Romney will try to deflate Perry’s strong Tea Party support by painting him as a political insider. The attack rings somewhat hollow, however, when we consider that Romney has been planning his own political future since at least the early 1990s, when he unsuccessfully ran for Senate in Massachusetts. Furthermore, politics has quite literally been Romney’s career over the past five years; despite his tone-deaf declaration that he is unemployed, Romney has actually been running for president almost non-stop since 2007. His criticism of Perry certainly seems like a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

If Republican voters want a political outsider to be their nominee for president in 2012, then perhaps Romney is right that Rick Perry is not their man. But he certainly doesn’t fit the bill either.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Sen. Lindsey Graham, left and Rudy Giuliani

Youtube Screenshot

It’s not just the House Select Committee on January 6 that wants a better look at many of those involved in Donald Trump’s scheme to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Thanks to their wide-ranging activities in many states, investigations are going on at the local, state, and federal level into actions that Trump’s team took in attempting to reverse the will of the American people.

No state may have borne more of Trump’s focused fury than Georgia. President Joe Biden carried the state by over 12,500 votes, making it second to Arizona when it comes to the the narrowest margin of victory. This was far outside the realm of possible change that might be addressed by a recount, but Georgia conducted a recount anyway. When that didn’t make things any better for Trump, he requested that Georgia count a third time, which it did. Trump still lost, and by a bigger number than ever.

Keep reading... Show less

J.R. Majewski

Youtube Screenshot

A Republican House candidate for a competitive seat in northwest Ohio said Monday that mass shootings are an acceptable price to pay for his right to own guns.

"I don't care if countries in Europe have less shootings because they don't have guns. I care about THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and OUR 2nd Amendment Rights," Republican J.R. Majewski tweeted Monday evening. "I think Americans stopped caring what Europe thought of our country in 1776."

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}