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Going After Rick

10:19 AM, Feb 15, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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America is going bankrupt, Iran is going nuclear, the Obama administration is going after religious liberty. And Mitt Romney is going after Rick Santorum.

Mitt Romney

Which is fine (sort of). Romney's in a political fight, and politics ain't beanbag, as Romney has tried to say.

But does his super PAC—following public (and therefore legal) guidance from his own campaign—have to go after Santorum in so juvenile a way? Santorum voted to raise the debt limit! (Along with virtually every other Republican when the GOP controlled the Senate—and does Romney think they shouldn't have raised the debt limit?). Santorum voted to raise his own pay! (As part of an appropriations bill—and does Romney think senators are overpaid?)

The Romney campaign often gives the impression that it thinks Republican primary voters are really stupid—and it doesn't do a very good job of hiding its contempt. The Obama administration clearly thinks the American people are really stupid—and it doesn't do a very good job of hiding its contempt. It would be nice if the Republican nominee could contrast his respect for the American people with the Obama administration's contempt.

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