I am not for Romney but he has been better in these debates than the others. He has appeared unflappable and articulate unlike Perry. If people are turning to Cain, who cannot win the nomination for many reasons, and away from Perry, Romney will likely win the nomination. We have seen this before.
Whatever Brooks reveres I doubt it is Romney.
Perry is terrible in "30 Second Sound Bite Contests" but does well on the stump with regular people.
Romney is great in "30 Second Sound Bite Contests" but does terrible on the stump with regular people.
"Its when Romney tries to relate to average folks or banter about trivial things that he can struggle. His critics poked fun at snapshots he posted to his Twitter account showing him aboard Southwest Airlines and eating a Subway sandwich. When Romney posed for a picture with the staff of a 50s-themed diner in New Hampshire over the summer, he pretended one of the waitresses had pinched his backside. His attempt at a practical joke left those around him puzzled.
Perry tends toward just the opposite. When he gave a short speech on jobs in California recently, he was so focused on reading from the notecards he carried to the podium with him that he didnt seem to notice that a woman in the bleachers had passed out under the hot sun or that people were shouting for paramedics. Its in relating to people that Perry seems most at ease. He routinely puts down elites. In last weeks debate, Romney dismissed Perrys jobs record as luck, saying that governing a state with plentiful oil resources was akin to being dealt a poker hand of four aces. Perry shot back on the stump in Iowa:
I grew up in a house that didnt have running water until I was about 5 years old. My mom and dad were both tenant farmers. For sure, I was not born with four aces in my hand.
Perry does little to hide his disdain for Romneys state.
I would no more consider living in Massachusetts than I suspect a great number of folks from Massachusetts would like to live in Texas, Perry wrote in Fed Up! We just dont agree on a number of things. They passed state-run health care, they have sanctioned gay marriage, and they elected Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Barney Frank repeatedly even after actually knowing about them and what they believe!
Texans, on the other hand, elect folks like me. You know the type, the kind of guy who goes jogging in the morning, packing a Ruger .380 with laser sights and loaded with hollow-point bullets, and shoots a coyote that is threatening his daughters dog.