Rick Perry's Little Trick

Written by David Frum on Friday December 23, 2011

Mike Huckabee has not endorsed Rick Perry for president. On the contrary, there's a long, rich record of Huckabee jabs at Perry.

Yet take a look at the new Rick Perry ad, "President of Honor," aimed at the Iowa caucus-voters. The ad montages endorsements and testimonials from winners of the congressional medal of honor, artfully edited in ways to make you think that Gov. Perry must be almost sort of a war hero himself.

Hit pause at second 55. Whaddya see there? A smiling Mike Huckabee, winner of the 2008 caucuses, standing next to Rick Perry himself. It goes by so fast you almost don't see it. Somebody must however be hoping you'll absorb it.

For an aspiring "president of honor," it seems kind of a cheap trick.