Buddy Roemer Unleashed!

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July 12 2011 4:13 PM

Buddy Roemer Unleashed!

When I say Jon Huntsman is the most aggressive attacker -- sorry, contrast-definer or mutual-respecter -- in the 2012 field, I forget Rick Santorum, and I forget Buddy Roemer, the former governor of Louisiana who can't get anyone to care about his campaign finance reform-focused run. How to get them? Attack the other candidates!

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The hit on Gingrich is pretty hard to deny.

He's not going to be the president. He's known by 99 percent of the people and he's got 7 percent of the vote. I'm known by 3 percent of the people and I've got 2 percent of the vote. Who would you rather be?

That said, there are few polls that have Roemer as high as 2 percent. And the Huntsman civility line probably deserves more explaining. It's not that he won't criticize anyone -- it's that he won't do so stupidly. No charges of "gangster government" (Bachmann) or Charlie Sheen references (Pawlenty).

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.