Skip to comments.Scoring the CNBC Debate: Romney and Gingrich Shine; Perry Doesn’t
Posted on 11/10/2011 7:09:06 AM PST by SeekAndFind
No one touched Romney. He was unflappable and knowledgeable. He again showed the right political instinct to want to address the struggles of the middle class, although his tax plan doesnt do it. His China-bashing will probably play well in the Midwest, although its foolhardy on the merits. He consistently got applause. I remember one of the early debates when Romney was flying above the other candidates and PawlentyI thinkattacked him and he declined to reply, saying thats fine. He said the same thing tonight when Santorum went after him. After all the churning in the race, Romney is in the same basically comfortable place he was in several months ago.
Gingrich was on his game from the beginning when he let loose a ringing anti-Bernake, anti-food stamps, anti-Alinsky answer. This was the Newt everyone thought wed see before he got in the race. I thought he was much too irritable with the moderators, but a GOP audience probably doesnt mind and Maria Bartiromo matched him unpleasantness for unpleasantness. The narrative about his rise will continue.
Cain was fun as always. He got off a couple of great lines and was helped by the ill-advised decision of the moderators to press him about the sexual harassment accusations in his forum. His frequent resort to 999 still gets laughs, although eventually the charm of this trope will wear thin. On substance, he clearly lacks the fluidity of a Romney or the depth of a Gingrich.
I thought Perry would get better after his first debate. I was wrong. I thought he couldnt do worse than his last few debate performances. I was wrong. His blank moment on the three cabinet agencies was very uncomfortable to watch. It could happen to any of us, but having it happen to him, on this stage, was devastating. Perry passed on a couple of chances to hit Romney, so clearly his hope was to just skate through this debate, and he couldnt manage it. Its shame for him, but will presumably help Gingrich and Cain.
To his credit, Santorum continued to be the only Republican willing to acknowledge and address the economic travails of people without a college degree. But hes not as compelling as the other candidates, and theres always one unfortunate moment in every debate where he feels he has to brag, in rapid-fire fashion, about all the wonderful things hes done. Bachmann was basically a non-factor. Notably, she persists in arguing that people who arent paying federal income taxes arent participating fully in American lifeits the reverse side of Elizabeth Warrenism. Huntsman was annoying. I find myself increasingly charmed by old Ron Paul.
cain nailed every shot taken and him.
also, cain had the line of the night
on frank and dodd.
C’mon....ADMIT IT! ....You really hate Romney because he’s a Mormon. You’ll do anything you can to get someone else.
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No one touched Romney. He was unflappable and knowledgeable.
was he watching the same debate i was ???
RINO inside the beltway banter.
We need leadership skills not policy wonks.
Playing it safe and pandering may get Romney elected, but he’ll fail as President because pandering is leading from the rear. We have one of those already. I won’t go to the polls for Romney. There isn’t enough of a difference to bother to show up.
Mitt, Newt, and Cain all had good nights. Huntsman, Bachmann, too. But their numbers are so far down, I don’t see them really making an impact.
Paul and Santorum were true to their principals,...but didn’t move people to their camp.
Perry blew it, I think. Not a bash, just an observation.
He again showed the right political instinct to want to address the struggles of the middle class, although his tax plan doesnt do it.
Yeah that “political instinct”
Lil Willie Mitty the trust fund baby doesnt know middle class...
Im sure he has the “political instint” to ask one of his handlers about lives of the peons though..
But they dont seem to know either...
His 59 tax plan sounds like something from Obamas play book...
It’s coming down to Cain, Gingrich and Romney. Should be interesting.
You really hate Romney because hes a Mormon
Since you mentioned it..
“Seed of Cain” is going to beat “white and delightsome”
is that why you are upset RomneyBot ???
Exactly, I thought Romney was REALLY good at dodging all the questions and especially good at throwing Cain under the bus...the people can decide that for themselves he said regarding whether HE would hire someone like Cain.
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Yes, Perry blew it big time and he seriously needs to withdraw from the race. He's become a joke and will not be able to overcome the gaffe last night. I liken it to a Howard Dean scream moment and know he'll be spoofed unmercifully (you know SNL will do a skit).
I cringe thinking how Obama would eat him up and spit him out in a debate if he were to get the nomination.
..establishment spin and complete nonsense...
Debate true score, no bias, Gingrich, Cain, Romney!!! Romney cannot beat Obama!!! So....my choices for POTUS are Cain/Gingrich, Cain/Rubio, Cain/Palin, Gingrich/Cain, and the only one that will work for Mitt Romney, Romney/Cain!!! Romney, IMHO will turn to Cain as his VP choice. Both Cain & Romney are tight!!! Best ticket IMHO by a long shot = Herman Cain/Marco Rubio!!! Not only the best ticket, but......the winning one, by a landslide of unforeseen proportions!!!!
I hate RINOmney because he couldn’t maintain direction even if he were on rails.
He’s a spineless t*rd with no ability to keep an idea for more than a few microseconds.
I don’t give a smelly Obama about the fact that he’s a Mormon. I’ve not met any Mormon I’ve not liked and respected...but thankfully, I’ve not met RINOmney..., since that would ruin my record.
May the flies of a thousand camels come to rest in his beer.
If you wanted real leadership and solutions, you loved Cain and Newt.
So what do you want GOP? Style with out substance or substance without style?
( Herman Cain)he clearly lacks the fluidity of a Romney
Oops the author didnt edit for errors...
He meant to write fraudulence..
I’m liking Newt more and more.