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For the second straight day, Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign is making waves with a television ad.

Santorum’s newest ad, called “Rombo,” features a Mitt Romney lookalike — easily identifiable by his fancy clothes and trademark haircut — stalking through an abandoned warehouse with a machine gun and attempting to shoot mud at a cardboard cutout of Santorum.

The ad concludes with “Rombo” covered in mud from his own gun, and the ominous warning that “in the end, Mitt Romney’s ugly attacks are going to backfire.”

Here’s the ad:

A transcript of narration is below, courtesy of Politico:

“Mitt Romney’s negative attack machine is back, on full throttle. This time, Romney’s firing his mud at RICK SANTORUM. [Sound of gunfire.] Romney and his super PAC have spent a staggering 20 million … attacking fellow Republicans. Why? Because Romney’s trying to hide from his big-government Romneycare, and his support for job-killing cap-and-trade. And in the end, Mitt Romney’s ugly attacks are going to backfire.”

As MSNBC’s First Read points out, the ad is significant because it represents a powerful response to Romney’s super PAC spending — something that Newt Gingrich never had in Iowa and Florida. Given that he is currently being outspent 29 to 1 in Michigan, Santorum will need an effective weapon to combat Romney’s financial advantage.

It appears that his campaign believes “Rombo” could be that weapon. The size of the ad buy is unknown, but a Santorum aide told Politico “everyone in Michigan will see it.”

Donald Trump Jr.

Screenshot from Twitter

You've probably heard about Donald Trump's claim that his Democratic rival got "a big fat se onhot in the ass" before delivering a nearly perfect performance on a recently televised town hall. Or his more recent demand that Joe Biden get a "drug test" before their debate on Tuesday night. Having spent months lowering expectations for Biden, the Trumps are now busily defaming him as a junkie.

But that particular slur backfired spectacularly over the weekend when the Trump campaign posted a bizarre video of Don Jr. -- seemingly in a condition that called for rehab services. As his father might put it, "many people are saying" that the presidential spud looked and sounded like someone abusing a controlled substance. (His slurred message was disturbed too, something about an "army of able-bodied men and women" to intimidate voters).

It's both funny and sad to watch Don Jr. decompensate on Twitter. (More funny, though.)

Click and judge his condition for yourself.