Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman on Tuesday illustrated one of the time-tested adages of politics: When you have nothing left to lose, it is time to take the low road and attack -- but always aim high.
In separate videos, Paul, the darling of the libertarian movement, and Republican Huntsman, who is pitching himself as the thinking man’s conservative, went after Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, respectively. Perry ranks at the top of most polls, having displaced Romney, who was formerly No. 1 in the race for the GOP nomination to face President Obama.
Despite his wealth and foreign policy credentials, Huntsman has been struggling to get beyond the margin of error in most polls. Paul, who has a solid and enthusiastic following, is a more serious contender, having placed second in the Ames, Iowa, straw poll. He has bounced up and down in most national polls, but has stayed in the top tier among the candidates at around 10%.
In his video, Paul goes after fellow Texan Perry, calling him a cheerleader for former Vice President Al Gore, a Nobel Prize-winner for his work on global warming. In the circles in which Paul moves, it is hard to imagine a less veiled insult than lumping Perry in with Gore.