The More The GOP Contenders Debate, The More They Stay The Same

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  1. Mike Dwyer says:

    The debate schedule is completely insane. No one needs to see them THAT much. It was like this on both sides in 2008 too. Craziness…Report

  2. BSK says:

    “This, by the way, was a totally subtle and not at all sexist way for Blitzer to allow the Not Gingriches the opportunity to brag about their longstanding relationships, as if the solidity of one’s marriage is just another consumer activity, like investing in Goldman, Sachs, that an aspiring candidate must defend before the masses. ”

    I actually thought Newt handled the question quite well, speaking about what Calista (is that her name?) would actually bring to the table, with her arts background or whatever.  First Ladies, at least in my brief lifetime, always seem to take up a cause (e.g., Michelle Obama and healthy eating).  Hearing what cause Calista might take up was interesting, though I doubt it is going to sway a voter (“I hate that Gingrich character, but MAN would I love to see more performances of “Guys and Dolls”).  At the same time, I think of few things that must infuriate Michelle Obama, an accomplished Harvard law graduate, more than being “reduced” to a champion for balanced school lunches or whatever.Report

  3. Michelle says:

    Romney did seem to pull his balls out of the blind trust last night and put in an almost human-like performance–a bit of passion here, a splash of anger there. While I find Romney to be almost pathologically disingenuous and dishonest, Newt’s even worse on both counts. So, it was gratifying to see Romney take him down several notches. Hell, even Wolf Blitzer got into the act, refusing to let Newt get away with his “victim of the liberal media” meme. You go, Wolf.

    I have to agree that, barring some unforeseen circumstance, Newt’s pretty much toast and can start planning his trip back to the Beltway (although I suspect the Gingrich name has lost some if its panache–wonder if he’ll be back as an analyst on Fox News anytime soon).Report

  4. DensityDuck says:

    Yay!  Something kind of negative we can say about Gingrich!  Thank CHRIST we can all agree that he’s doomed now, just like he was doomed after Iowa and doomed after new Hampshire, and doomed after every debate so far, and doomed after a former wife started snarking about him, and look whatever he’s just doomed okay?  Just agree that Romney’s gonna win, okay?  I mean, how else is Obama gonna win the election?Report

    • Jaybird in reply to DensityDuck says:

      I’m not going to say that he’s *DOOMED*, I’m just going to say that I’m going to be seeing other people whether he likes it or not.Report

    • Michelle in reply to DensityDuck says:

      I think Obama beats either Gingrich or Romney, barring some kind of economic or other disaster. In that case, I’d prefer the nominee be Romney because I see him as far better able to deal with pressure than Gingrich.Report

      • DensityDuck in reply to Michelle says:

        Lots of Republicans protest-voted for Obama.  They deserved what they got, but it’s left them with a “eff all y’all” attitude about the whole notion of voting for anyone.  The Republican candidate could win if he could get these people back into the voting booth.  And that isn’t something that a slick-as-snot, moneyed-elite, “what can I do for you sir” Northeastener is going to be able to do.Report

  5. BSK says:

    I thought Santorum has really “grown up” during the debates.  Not his positions (I find they generally range from appalling to HOLY SHIT!, but that’s just me), but he seems to be doing much better up there, even in the face of being pushed to the side (literally and figureatively).Report

    • Michelle in reply to BSK says:

      Yeah, he had a good night last night. He does seem to have more of a presence than he used to.Report

    • DensityDuck in reply to BSK says:

      I don’t think Santorum’s being anything other than what he’s always been.

      I *do* think that, up until now, most people were aware of him only as the punchline to a dirty joke.Report

  6. Kolohe says:

    (whom the South Carolina audience saw in Juan Cole)

    Juan Williams, though I imagine South Carolina Republicans aren’t big on Juan Cole either (or for that matter, John Cole).  (They probably like John Williams though, and these debates could really use him)Report

  7. Kolohe says:

    “He was, for the first time, acting as if he believed he could lose. And it looked good on him.”

    I gotta think that he and his advisors know that the general election is going to be a hard fought battle, so if indeed adversity brings out the best in Romney, this is not good news for Obama.

    “the opportunity to brag about their longstanding relationships, as if the solidity of one’s marriage is just another consumer activity, like investing in Goldman, Sachs, that an aspiring candidate must defend before the masses.”

    Well, though, it is.  America is not France.Report