Friday, January 27, 2012
Newt Got His Ass Kicked Last Night
What have there been... something like 20 televised debates between the Republican candidates for president since the race began?
Without a doubt Newt Gingrich won the majority of those debates.
I'd even go farther to say that Mitt Romney won none of the previous debates... at best he came in as "co-winner" or "not loser" in previous debates.
Ahh... but last night... Romney kicked Gingrich's ass.
Hey... folks... I just call 'em like I see 'em.
Ahh... (yeah... another "ahh")... but just to throw another factual observation out there... it can well be argued that Rick Santorum kicked Romney's ass just as effectively as Romney kicked Gingrich's ass.
Final comment on my "ranking" of the "scores"... Ron Paul kicked ass against each and every one of his fellow candidates though I freely admit it doesn't matter.
And ain't that the shame of it...? Ron Paul who is more right on more issues and certainly more honest and forthright on most issues than any other candidate has no chance to capture the GOP presidential nomination - nor even if he could would he likely be able to beat Barak Hussein Obama come November.
Romney was confident and forceful last night; Newt was flat and on the defensive. Indeed, I could see that Newt was gonna have a tough night as the candidates took the stage; it was all right there on Newt's face.
Here's the thing, though...
ROMNEY IS A LIAR.
Hell... he got caught red handed by Wolfe Blitzer who outed him for "mistakenly" claiming that he wasn't behind a negative attack ad that slandered Gingrich.
But, hey... that's the point... that's been the point of post after post I've written: Mitt Romney lies. He lies... he obfuscates... he uses surrogates to do his dirty work - including claiming that his finances are in a blind trust even while... er... having them in a blind trust isn't and wasn't necessary except for the very short period he actually served as Governor of Massachusetts...
My contributor Rob recently posted that "Romney is a lock."
I don't believe that... but of course Romney may win. (I've never said any different!)
By the same token, it's quite likely that the Republicans will end up with a brokered convention... with real convention wheeling, dealing, and horse-trading.
Remember, folks... note all states primaries are "winner take all." If Santorum stays in, he'll have influence over who the nominee is. So will Ron Paul. (A key question is... can Romney co-opt Santorum?)
Last Sunday Bob Shieffer asked Newt Gingrich - who was his guest - if he'd debate Romney one-on-one this coming Sunday if he (Shieffer) could get Romney to agree.
I haven't heard whether Romney has agreed or not; my guess is that he refused, but... after last night... he might well reconsider. (And obviously Gingrich would jump at the chance!)
We'll see if Romney has the guts... if Romney has the respect for the voters necessary to "just say yes" and allow Americans to witness a true one-hour on-on-one debate between the two national frontrunners.
Sadly, if (when?) Romney once again declines to go mano-a-mano against Gingrich the mainstream media will provide cover for Romney and not make his refusal an issue - even though obviously the interests of the media would be served by such a debate!
Well, that's it for this post. As always, I'd welcome comments and/or question... but I won't hold my breath.