January 17, 2012 2 Comments
Fox hosted yet another GOP Presidential debate. This time in front of a raucous South Carolina audience that gave Newt Gingrich a standing ovation at one point and lustily booed Ron Paul at another. The panel of questioners was decent enough, though where was Megyn Kelly and her magnificent questioning on issues the liberal media ignores?
Newt by far and away won this debate. His exchange with Juan Williams was the sort that if it had happened two weeks ago maybe it would have turned everything around in this campaign. Newt has always been the best debater, there’s little doubt of that. Last night showed us why.
Juan Williams tried to take Newt to task for suggesting that young teenagers in poor and minority school districts should be put to work as janitors. Newt’s thinking is fairly simple. Because of unions janitors in cities such as New York are paid an astronomical amount of money. Newt suggests that by getting rid of a janitor up to 30 kids could get part time jobs and do the same amount of work. As Newt suggested last night having a part time job at a young age will teach these kids the value of work and put some money in their pockets. That doesn’t exactly seem like the sort of thing vile racists might say.
Williams pressed though and gave Newt the opportunity for a knockout punch. He ended his answer by saying that he wants to show minorities and poor how to get a job, keep a job and eventually own a job. It was a brilliant defense of his not racist program suggestion. Oddly it was a good defense of capitalism. For it Newt earned a standing ovation.
Ron Paul is utterly irrational. He wants a 0% tax rate. How exactly we’ll pay off the $15 trillion debt and pay for the military bases he apparently supports is anyone’s guess. He declared that we shouldn’t have killed Osama bin Laden. He went further by suggesting that killing Osama in Pakistan was little different than the Chinese bombing the US in an attempt to kill a dissident. Never mind of course that Osama killed 3,000 US citizens and would have killed more if he could have.
Last night Paul once again showed us why he will never be any more than a fringe candidate in the GOP field. His legion of Ronulans have spent the past week writing on blogs, Twitter and Facebook about all the various “ingenious” scenarios in which Paul could win the necessary 1,044 delegates. Like Paul, his supporters live in a dream land where killing Osama is a bad thing, taxes are 0% and convention delegates actually matter.
Rick Santorum has lost all of his Iowa momentum. There were several times where he talked in circles and didn’t make a whole lot of sense. He apparently believes convicted felons should retain the right to vote, which would be great if he wanted to elect Democrats. Otherwise, Santorum had a fairly lackluster night. He’s getting toward the end of his campaign. He’ll be out by February 1st.
Rick Perry doesn’t matter and not just because he had a mediocre debate.
Which gets us to the presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney. Mitt didn’t have a great performance last night. He was shaky on his defense of Bain Capital. He looked like he was trying to hide something when he suggested that he might release his income tax records in April. He claims this is ‘historical’ and has something to do with tax day. In reality, he’s trying to push it off until after he secures the nomination. He didn’t look good.
What Romney did do well last night is consistently bring up Obama. As the presumptive nominee, Romney’s real battle isn’t against Newt or the Ronulans, it’s against Barack Obama. By consistently returning to the failures of the President, Romney reminded everyone that he’s the guy who can beat Obama. Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen but it’s commonly believed by rank and file Republicans that Romney can knock off Obama.
Win: Newt had a masterful night. If only he wasn’t self destructive off the debate stage….
Place: Even though Santorum talks in circles and wants felons to vote, he had a decent night.
Show: Romney was shaky tonight and didn’t do a very good job defending himself.