Romney wavering on Florida debates?

posted at 12:50 pm on January 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

And here we thought the big question on debate attendance would be whether CNN lets Rick Perry on stage this Thursday.  Byron York reports that Mitt Romney has yet to confirm his presence at any of the scheduled debates in Florida, and the campaign says that’s no accident:

After a debate in which Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney faced attacks from all sides, the Romney campaign says it has not yet accepted invitations to participate in two high-profile debates leading up to the January 31 Florida primary, and a key Romney adviser is expressing fatigue and frustration over what he sees as a never-ending series of GOP debates.

“There are too many of these,” Romney strategist Stuart Stevens said after Monday night’s Fox News debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  “We have to bring some order to it.  We haven’t accepted Florida…It’s kind of like a cruise that’s gone on too long.”

Given the news this week, I’m not sure a “cruise” analogy is a good choice.  Still, the Romney camp has a point with this argument:

As part of his complaint against the current debate schedule, Stevens expressed lingering irritation at the January 7 ABC News debate in New Hampshire, in which Romney faced a long a tendentious series of questions about contraception.  (“It was such a lousy debate,” Stevens said.)  More generally, Stevens suggested that in the long course of the campaign, this year’s key issues have been exhausted.  “We’re down to the most obscure questions,” he said. “When more than ten debates mention Chilean models, and it’s not a fashion show, then something’s wrong.”

Bruce McQuain at QandO sympathizes with this complaint:

That said, and considering this was a debate moderated by the GOP friendly Fox network, where in the world were the questions about the economy and the European crisis?  Where were the queries about jobs and how to go about creating them?

Instead we got silly race baiting questions from Juan Williams (which, thankfully, were turned on him to the point that the crowd gave Newt Gingrich a standing O for his answer to one of them), questions about tax returns and other ancillary topics that really didn’t address the main problem of our time.

Certainly, if you watched Twitter during the debate, people had fun scoring the punches and the hits, the “dodges” and the answers, but in the big primary scheme of things, does any of that matter?   If polls are to be believed, Romney is comfortably ahead in both South Carolina and Florida.

I’m personally tired of the debates.  For the most part they’ve delivered more entertainment than information. They’ve devolved into scorekeeping about who got the best shot in on Romney.  This is something like the 15th Republican debate and we’re no more enlightened about the serious topics we should be addressing than we were after the 1st.

We have two separate questions on the table, really.  Bruce is addressing a question I’ve raised throughout this process, which is the absurd format of the media debates.  The GOP should have put an end to this format months ago and insisted on a format that would allow for reasoned, robust explanations of policy rather than sound-bite gotchas.  But it’s not just the media’s fault, either.   Since I was feeling under the weather yesterday (and still do a bit today), I took a break from watching Twitter in last night’s debate to focus more on the full answers in the debate, and it was a bit of a relief to not see the gotcha moments amplified and repeated ad infinitum, even if the candidates were still trying to deliver them.

Besides, the debate actually improved last night in one key aspect.  Since there were fewer people on stage, the debate allowed for longer answers.  The candidates ignored the time limits anyway in several instances, Romney included, which made it more like a debate than a game show, at least at times.

The second question is whether to continue holding them, and that is going to be out of Romney’s hands.  He might not like getting beat up on stage, but at least he’s there to defend himself.  The media will cover the debates whether Romney is there or not, so the only way he could successfully shut down the debates is if he gets the other Republican candidates to also withdraw.  They’re practically on life support as it is, so they are certainly not going to pass up an opportunity for national and state-wide coverage in Florida for free. If they show up, Romney has to participate as well, if for no other reason than to keep playing defense and push back a little himself.


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Amoebas are indignant.

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM

If they are going to be more Fox News produced episodes of the Jerry Spring Show, like last night, Mitt should say “no thanks”. I prefer intelligent discussions, not cheer rallys.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Romney & his handlers are reverting back to their old tactics. Hide out and wait.

It come off that Mitt is too scared to debate Gingrich & Santorum, whose attacks are soft balls compared to what Obama & company will do to him.

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I hope Rick Perry slams Mittens for this….

workingclass artist on January 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

He and the others should have never accepted to hold so many, and in the “gotcha” format, as Ed says.

On the other hand, if he doesn’t show in FL, an empty chair should always be on stage.

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

If they are going to be more Fox News produced episodes of the Jerry Spring Show, like last night, Mitt should say “no thanks”. I prefer intelligent discussions, not cheer rallys.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Romney puppies are stung by the rebels/rube. Love, love, love it!

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM

He won’t take on Gingrich in a debate. But he’ll take on Harry Reid to cut spending.

LOL

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM

rube = rubes

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The GOP should have put an end to this format months ago and insisted on a format that would allow for reasoned, robust explanations of policy rather than sound-bite gotchas.

Oh please, these people are inept and they know who their guy is.

Cindy Munford on January 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Romney, like Obama, will never debate Newt, Lincoln-style, for shame.

They are both amoebas.

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Romney has a glass jaw as bad as Obama without the visceral fighting instinct.

workingclass artist on January 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

when do Mitt’s flying monkeys arrive to denounce the op as anti-capitalist?

james23 on January 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Yep this guy would be a great Prez. When you get your butt kicked run and hide. But whatever you do dont come back stronger and prove doubters wrong that would be to Conservative for Mitt.

boogaleesnots on January 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

It come off that Mitt is too scared to debate Gingrich & Santorum, whose attacks are soft balls compared to what Obama & company will do to him.

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Are you really giving Obama that much credit for his ability to debate?

msmveritas on January 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Ed, sincerely, a big thank you for today’s topics.

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Cancel all the rest of the debates. My liver can’t handle it anymore.

JPeterman on January 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Bbbbbut I had a democratic leislature and they made me… – Mitt Romney

workingclass artist on January 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Not only does he flip flop on issues he flip flops on the venues used by him to flip flop on issues.

What an honorable man.

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

As bad as I hate to say this, I really liked Huck’s forum on Saturday night.

A single candidate on stage, taking questions from the audience. The rules were simple, answer the question and don’t even mention any other candidate’s name.

I’d love to see more Q&A’s like that. Or, modify the format to 30 minutes each, and ask each candidate the same 5 questions.

BacaDog on January 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

This is a good idea from the Romney camp. Nothing to gain and you’re up by 20+ points already. Who knows what the Newt monster could do. If only Newt hadn’t gone off the Occupy/crazy train about Bain. What could have been.

Roymunson on January 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Optics and packaging, if these debates are unraveling that for us to see the true candidates then we need even more of them.

Skwor on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

It makes Romney look weak, but does it hurt him enough to lose the primary?

If Romney is a no-show who will Gingrich debate? Santorum?? Ron Paul??

This brilliantliant move for Romney. In one fell swoop he renders the debates irrelevant.

NickDeringer on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Mitt should debate Sanitorium and they could both wear sweater vests. Yeah, thats about where we are now.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Mitt= time share salesman.

I knew he reminded me of someone.

jsunrise on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Fear & Loathing on the road to ruin. It’s times like these, I really miss Hunter Thompson.

Dr Evil on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Team Romney was gloatin as long as he wasn’t much of the focus of attack and he looked presidential

He turns a weak performance and now there are too many of these things?

workingclass artist on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Whoa, news is hitting the wires that Romney has told the media today that he does pay a tax rate lower than most middle-income families. I wonder how that will go over.

KickandSwimMom on January 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Are you really giving Obama that much credit for his ability to debate?

msmveritas on January 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

If not his ability to debate, the ability of the media to spin it into gold.

Cindy Munford on January 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Whoa, news is hitting the wires that Romney has told the media today that he does pay a tax rate lower than most middle-income families. I wonder how that will go over.

KickandSwimMom on January 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Turn Mittbot on.

Why do you hate capitalism?
Go back to an OWS camp!
COMMIE!

Turn Mittbot off

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

It makes Romney look weak, but does it hurt him enough to lose the primary?

If Romney is a no-show who will Gingrich debate? Santorum?? Ron Paul??

This brilliantliant move for Romney. In one fell swoop he renders the debates irrelevant.

NickDeringer on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Really?

Santorum is likely to win IA in the recount…And Romney sucked last night.

Now he looks like a whiner.

workingclass artist on January 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Are you really giving Obama that much credit for his ability to debate?

msmveritas on January 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I’m saying that Obama, and his minions (NBC/CBS/ABC/CNN/MSNBC debate moderators) are going to go for the jugular in the ’12 Presidential debates.

If Mitt is too scared or to “pragmatic” and wants to play it safe and forgo the debates, it just tells me that he isn’t the fighter many say he is.

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

No reason Mitt and Newt can’t have a one-on-one where they pick the topics and talk policy and solutions. I would love that myself. Secondly, if Romney is feeling fatigue because he thought this would be over by now and he has to keep fighting, then that is a problem. Another big difference between Newt and Mitt – Newt is energized and Mitt is fatigued. You can see it.

lea on January 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

So when the debates were all about taking down the Not-Romneys with the help of his stalking horses, Bachmann and Cain – then debates were fine.

Now that the debates have turned into a Bash-Romney-fest, debates are too many?

Recall the flak Perry took for suggesting he would back out of some of the debates?

TheRightMan on January 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Poor Mittens…

Seven Percent Solution on January 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Romney & his handlers are reverting back to their old tactics. Hide out and wait.

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Sorry but when you’ve got the poll numbers Romney apparently has right now, you can afford to “hide out and wait.” I agree with the idea that these debates in this format has run its course. Personally, I would like to see the candidates sitting on the stage and simply have a conversation with one another. No moderated questions but perhaps a moderator for the times when Newt starts whining about unfair ads yet again.

Happy Nomad on January 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I think he still needs practice. Can’t the Republicans put together a decent debate with decent moderators to make it worthwhile for everyone?

We have certainly had enough BAD debates, but not enough good ones. If he is going to be the nominee he needs to buck up.

earlgrey133 on January 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Lets be honest, if by that point its down to Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, I think we’d all assume call them off anyway.

WolvenOne on January 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Angryed, there was some discussion on the other thread after you left. I was asking how long you’ve been in the military.

hawkdriver on January 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I hope Rick Perry slams Mittens for this….

workingclass artist on January 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Why would Perry do that when he pulled the same stunt a couple months ago?

JPeterman on January 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Romney told the media today that his effective tax rate is 15%.

KickandSwimMom on January 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

This is so typically Mitt. As long as he is kicking butt, he’s all in. When he gets his butt kicked or he doesn’t show as well, he then turns tail and runs. Can you imagine what it will look like when Obama and Axelrod get hold of him? See the poll on Drudge – Newt kicked butt last night. Even the Paul voting bloc can’t overcome that.

silvernana on January 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

If they are going to be more Fox News produced episodes of the Jerry Spring Show, like last night, Mitt should say “no thanks”. I prefer intelligent discussions, not cheer rallys.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Romney/Obama is hurt in debates. He looks like a stuttering clown. So the media cover for him.

tetriskid on January 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I guess we now know how Romney will react the first time Team Obama hits him with negative ads. Looks like he’ll run and hide. Just what I was afraid of in Mittens. All smile, no back bone.

dirtseller on January 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

The idiot GOP establishment is actually going to do it…they are going to nominate the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama in 2008. LOL…isn’t it insane to think that we will change anything when we keep electing the same big government statist Republicans?

I for one, am not going to vote for “Rombama” if he gets the nomination. Sorry but I’m done voting for big government morons that say one thing but do the other.

If any of you actual Constitutional Conservatives believe that Rombama is going to lower the debt you’re mistaken. If you think he’s going to lower taxes you are mistaken.

He even admited last night that he’d sign away your 5th Amendment rights to Due Process AKA the NDAA.

It is time the empire falls.

MoreLiberty on January 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Angryed, there was some discussion on the other thread after you left. I was asking how long you’ve been in the military.

hawkdriver on January 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Right. I forgot nobody can comment on military issues unless you’ve been in the military. I’m also under 65 so I guess I can’t comment on SS or Medicare. I don’t receive welfare, so I can’t comment on welfare.

Carry on…

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

There have been way too many gameshows, but not enough debates. MSNBC should have no place in holding a Republican debate, CNN maybe one, ABC and drunk and/or drugged Dianne Sawyer should not have a seat at the table. What can be expected if Stephanapolus is asking the questions. And now that Jim Huntsman is gone, who gives a FF what democrat commentators think or want to know? If the Republicans had any sense they would have declined the liberally biased outlets right off the bat.

Let’s have a few more Palmetto Forum type events and have some Republican leaning commentators ask some relevant questions, like Fast and Furious, Solyndra, nuts and bolts of Stimulus. Make sure that each candidate is asked the same questions by the same moderator–that way we can see differences for ourselves. We need to regain some dignity.

NOMOBO on January 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Whoa, news is hitting the wires that Romney has told the media today that he does pay a tax rate lower than most middle-income families.

KickandSwimMom on January 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I’ve been saying from day one that almost absolutely had to be the case.

Gotta link?

kunegetikos on January 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

OH, Boo Hoo. Romney just can’t take the heat.
He looked like a friggin’ deer in the headlights last night
, as soon as the slightest criticism arose.
He will be crushed against an Obama Machine campaign.

Let there be GINGRICH!

Czar of Defenestration on January 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

M M Mommy, I go go got the ch chit beat out of m m me.N N n not gonna p pl play any more.

Southernblogger on January 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I prefer intelligent discussions, not cheer rallys.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Do you ever read your own posts?

Me neither.

Naturally Curly on January 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

link

kunegetikos on January 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Romney told the media today that his effective tax rate is 15%.

KickandSwimMom on January 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

No wonder he’s hiding his tax returns.

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Mr. lacrima christi

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I’m saying that Obama, and his minions (NBC/CBS/ABC/CNN/MSNBC debate moderators) are going to go for the jugular in the ’12 Presidential debates.

If Mitt is too scared or to “pragmatic” and wants to play it safe and forgo the debates, it just tells me that he isn’t the fighter many say he is.

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

The fact he got steam rolled by the MA legislature on every issue would confirm your suspicions. If his supporters took 10 minutes to study his record in MA they’d run away screaming.

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I prefer intelligent discussions, not cheer rallys.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Do you ever read your own posts?

Me neither.

Naturally Curly on January 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Snort

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Whoa, news is hitting the wires that Romney has told the media today that he does pay a tax rate lower than most middle-income families. I wonder how that will go over.

KickandSwimMom on January 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

cue the denouncements from the ‘bots. Only an anti-capitalist and freedomw hater would try to stir up the class resentments like this.

Oh and..release the tax returns, Willard

james23 on January 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Watching the train-wreck that is the 2012 election cycle sure is fun.

If it weren’t so tragic.

Midwestprincesse on January 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I prefer intelligent discussions, not cheer rallys.
Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Yes he is.
No, Im not. You are. So there.
Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Evidently.

kingsjester on January 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Mittens seems to be as slippery and slimey as Obama…

idesign on January 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I’ve been saying from day one that almost absolutely had to be the case.

Gotta link?

kunegetikos on January 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

It is being reported on CNN.

KickandSwimMom on January 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I prefer intelligent discussions, not cheer rallys.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

The plural form of “Rally” is “Rallies.” I thought you’d know that, since you claim to be so much smarter than us “stupid Hot Gas” uneducated folk.

….reflective of the poor crowd that made up HotGas during most of 2011. Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Romney won’t drop out of the debates. Sure, getting beat up on is no fun, but the reality is that as long as he’s there, he can counter and minimize the damage, as Ed says above. If he doesn’t participate in the debates, he’ll be called a coward, the attacks will escalate, probably become less accurate, and because he’s not there to defend himself, they’ll do more damage.

I’ll eat my hat if he’s not at the Florida debates. Possible hedge: if he does ridiculously well in South Carolina and slams the door on the nomination (getting caught with a dead girl or live boy exception in place of course) then maybe he could get away with it. I still think he’d be much better off showing up though.

LukeinNE on January 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Yezzz, Yezz, Mitt. You are soooo inevitable. The Floridians will vote for you even if you slap them in the face like this. Really they will. Doesn’t look as arrogant as your followers on HotAir. Not at all

(snicker)

Sekhmet on January 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

OT but I just heard the best news. Occupy Congress announced a massive rally for today (the first business day of the 2012 Congressional schedule). They initially said that they were going to have 7,000 from all the occupy groups around the nation and they were going to rally with or without a permit. This morning they were claimed to be expecting 2,000- 5,000. They had 200 show up.
And it is just as well, Occupy DC has about worn out its welcome with even the Mayor suggesting that perhaps it might be a good idea to deal with the rat population created by these people living in filthy conditions.

Happy Nomad on January 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I prefer intelligent discussions, not cheer rallys.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

The plural form of “Rally” is “Rallies.” I thought you’d know that, since you claim to be so much smarter than us “stupid Hot Gas” uneducated folk.

….reflective of the poor crowd that made up HotGas during most of 2011. Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Double snort.

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

It’s “The Wall”.

kingsjester on January 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Really? Isn’t this what Mitt will do if the going gets tough in the general?

Speakup on January 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM

If stuttering Mitt cannot handle a little friendly fire, we definitely don’t need him going up against the whole Obama, DNC, MSM apparatus.

Southernblogger on January 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Whoa, news is hitting the wires that Romney has told the media today that he does pay a tax rate lower than most middle-income families.

KickandSwimMom on January 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Romney will be destroyed in the general.

tetriskid on January 17, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Cancel all the rest of the debates. My liver can’t handle it anymore.

JPeterman on January 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I know…

… I walked into work this morning to:

“What the he%% happened to you…?”

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Well, I suppose we could admire the courage of Mitt’s convictions.
…If we only knew what they were.

kingsjester on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

This is very clever of Romney! He will come out saying that adviser doesn’t speak for him. He did it last night as a way to show that even with advisers to his presidency, he is the president and will make the final decision in all matters.

THIS is why Romney is whipping everyone’s @ss! He is light years ahead in strategy.

csdeven on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Can’t handle the pressure from the other candidates, how’s he gonna do with Obama?

kg598301 on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Wait a minute…….

gophergirl on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I have to laugh at some of you commenting here when Perry’s campaign just a couple of months ago brought up the same issue and many jumped to his defense that there were/are too many debates. Let’s be consistent rather than just seeking an opportunity (which you all willingly take) to HIT Romney for the sake of it.

I cannot remember who originally posted it but I thought someone at HA did a breakdown of previous elections and its debate schedules it ranged from like 2-6 debates the ENTIRE primary and nat’l election timeframe. Maybe someone can find that again…

What are we on like debate #16, #17 ??

g2825m on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Mitt should debate Sanitorium and they could both wear sweater vests. Yeah, thats about where we are now.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Is “Santorium” a new element on the Mendeleev table?

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM

csdeven on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Yeh, that’s it. Couldn’t be that he’s just chickensh!t. lol

kg598301 on January 17, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Seven Percent Solution on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

haha that was funny!

g2825m on January 17, 2012 at 1:20 PM

As would Obama, he fears the day when he would be stuck in a one on one debate with Gingrich. In addition, only he can right now afford Florida TV on a large scale basis so ducking would seem like a good strategy.

Annar on January 17, 2012 at 1:20 PM

csdeven on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Wow, good one, you’re as good at spinning as Axelrod and Debbie-Wasserman Schmutz.

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Whoa, news is hitting the wires that Romney has told the media today that he does pay a tax rate lower than most middle-income families. I wonder how that will go over.

KickandSwimMom on January 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

It is truly a sad, sad day when we see allegedly conservative candidates sounding like Michael Moore and OWS…

No, I couldn’t keep a straight face, if you were curious.

Sekhmet on January 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

. This morning they were claimed to be expecting 2,000- 5,000. They had 200 show up.

Happy Nomad on January 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

LOL! That made my morning.

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I think this race is going to go on for a while. I think it would be a mistake for Mitt to skip

ConservativePartyNow on January 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

This is very clever of Romney! He will come out saying that adviser doesn’t speak for him. He did it last night as a way to show that even with advisers to his presidency, he is the president and will make the final decision in all matters.

THIS is why Romney is whipping everyone’s @ss! He is light years ahead in strategy.

csdeven on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

438 dimension chess, huh?

You’re making us Dizzy…..

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Can you see Mitt standing up to the question from Juanito like Newt did last night and hitting it outta the park? No, I didn’t think so.

Kissmygrits on January 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I prefer intelligent discussions, not cheer rallys.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Heh, why HA is way better than chess.

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I question the timing.

kg598301 on January 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Mitt should debate Sanitorium and they could both wear sweater vests. Yeah, thats about where we are now.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Is “Santorium” a new element on the Mendeleev table?

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Leave JB alone dude. It was a late night last night at Romney HQ. Lots of new talking points for him to remember on only 4 hours of sleep.

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM

You’re making us Dizzy…..

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Maybe csdeven is Debbie-Wasserman-Schutz, or Nancy Pelosi…mhhhh

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM

This is very clever of Romney! He will come out saying that adviser doesn’t speak for him. He did it last night as a way to show that even with advisers to his presidency, he is the president and will make the final decision in all matters.

THIS is why Romney is whipping everyone’s @ss! He is light years ahead in strategy.

csdeven on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Damn straight. Mitt had to calmly wait until the Jerry Springer audience stopped its hooting and bleeting before he could answer every question and he stillkicked all of their asses.

Did you see when the camera panned the audience. Holy crap!!! My TV screen almost broke from laughing.

Next time, they should require audience members to produce a high-school diploma before allowing them admittance.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Is “Santorium” a new element on the Mendeleev table?

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM

So sorry

S/b “Sanitorium”

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

csdeven on January 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Quadruple reverse psychology. Whoa.

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Next time, they should require audience members to produce a high-school diploma before allowing them admittance.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Tell me more about the rallys you attended.

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

You obviously didn’t watch the same debate.

However,you’re contempt for the masses is disgusting.

May they vote against your perfumed prince.

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Sorry

S/b “your contempt for the masses”.

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Tell me more about the rallys you attended.

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

You should find your own typos to get hot and bothered about instead of relying on Porlanduh’s found typos.

I dont re-read what I quickly type. I try to adjust downward so the Palin nuts, etc. can relate better to me.

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

If only Newt hadn’t gone off the Occupy/crazy train about Bain. What could have been.

Roymunson on January 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

If Gingrich had passed on playing the dem class envy card, he wouldn’t be Gingrich. Even though he is now nuanced in his attacks on free market capitalism, he doubled down on the stupid by demanding Romney release his tax returns on the accusation that there must be something wrong that the dems will find out eventually. Gingrich, like the dems, doesn’t need one single shred of evidence before making a underhanded accusation because he plays on the ignorance of those who stupidly believe that all rich people must be crooks.

It really is a blessing that Gingrich exposed his true self before it was too late. But most of us knew he would, so we can’t really say that our lucky stars were in alignment. It was a foregone conclusion.

csdeven on January 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Arrogance is indignant. There aren’t enough of you to put your prince over the top…just a tiny math challenge.

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

You should find your own typos to get hot and bothered about instead of relying on Porlanduh’s found typos.
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Jailbreak on January 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Nice try. Rallys vs. Rallies is not a typo. It’s an indication you at best went to a community college.

angryed on January 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

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