Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) attacks Texas Gov. Rick Perry for supporting Al Gore for president. This was in 1988. Is this really the best argument against Perry?

Perry attacks Mitt Romney for his jobs speech. “As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney failed to create a pro-jobs environment and failed to institute many of the reforms he now claims to support.” Umm, I don’t think Romney could have negotiated trade deals or cut federal corporate taxes as governor of Massachusetts. Is this really the best argument against Romney?

“Bank stocks took a big hit as concerns about the debt crisis in Europe and global economic growth propelled financial markets downward on Tuesday. Analysts said that Wall Street’s drop, which hit financial stocks particularly hard, was also a carry-over from last week’s disappointing unemployment report in the United States and from news that major American banks were facing a federal lawsuit related to their handling of mortgage securities.” Isn’t all that the best argument against President Obama?

“The debt-limit showdown and the stalled economy have tarnished President Barack Obama’s standing with voters and dampened their optimism about America’s future, with nearly three out of four voters now saying the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll. The dim public outlook is a blunt reminder of why the White House has so much riding on the president’s high-stakes economic speech Thursday and the success of his latest push for a jobs package.” The best argument against giving such a speech is that it won’t fix what’s wrong with Obama, namely a failed economic agenda and historic high unemployment.

“Rudy: If we get desperate, I’ll go.” Is that really the best argument for the candidate who ran one of the most inept presidential campaigns in memory?

“White House officials said Tuesday that President Obama’s approval ratings are dropping because Americans are furious with Washington in general.” That can’t possibly be the best argument they have, right? Oh, well.

“The German Marshall Fund has released data from its annual Transatlantic Trends survey. The most striking finding: ‘There remains a very strong transatlantic difference of opinion over whether war is sometimes necessary to obtain justice, with 75% of U.S. participants agreeing with that concept compared to only 33% of European participants.’ ” That might be the best argument for Europe’s inevitable decline. If you aren’t willing to fight for anything, then what value do you place on your own civilization?

“Already the Republican primaries have seen candidates take positions that will be hard sells in the fall of next year. Both Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, for example, want to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. Polls suggest that while the public doesn’t consider environmental protection its top priority right now, it favors regulation and trusts Democrats over Republicans on the issue. Texas Governor Rick Perry has suggested that Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional and that they should be replaced by state-run programs. There’s a reason no Republican candidate since 1964 has run on a platform anything like this one on entitlements: Both programs are extremely popular.” That may be the best argument for Romney: “He’s not too nuts to win!”