I watched last nights Republican debate held at Dartmouth College. I was thinking of going to this one, it being not too far from home. I decided not to. As is just like a Patriots game, the best seat in the house is in the house.
Everyone did fairly well. That is to say there were no real blunders.
There were more fireworks prior to the debate with Chris Christie’s endorsement of Romney. I guess great moderate minds think alike.
As RedState describes, “During his announcement, he (Christie) disparaged conservatives who oppose Romneycare, by suggesting that any attempt to compare it to Obamacare is completely intellectually dishonest. Governor Christie might want to look in the mirror or step down as a prominent spokesman for the Republican Party.”
Christie (despite Ann Coulter’s love for him), as well as many talking heads on our side, is not a conservative. His endorsement of Romney means 2 things. A) Romney is also not a conservative (not a shock). B) He is vying for the V.P. slot.
Back to the subject at hand.
The debate was to be solely regarding the economy. Everyone seemed to stick to that theme. No real digressions.
Romney is evidently still the man to beat. He’s been through a lot more of these things, so he is quite polished & did not get knocked off his game. No one seemed to attack him this time around.
Obamacare was mentioned on several occasions, but Romneycare was never broached. That I don’t understand. Romneycare is an unmitigated disaster, despite Mitt’s claims to the contrary. A recent Suffolk University study of MassCare (RomneyCare) concludes that over 18,000 jobs have been lost & has increased health insurance costs by 4.3 billion dollars. And there’s that little thing regarding Romney’s own healthcare advisors meeting with the Obama team regarding implementation of Obamacare. But there’s no similarity.
Why this is not brought up is beyond me.
I guess the only one digressing from the topic is me. Back to it.
Cain was the only one who got close to going after Mitt when he compared the simplicity of his 9-9-9 plan to Romney’s more complicated 59 point plan. Romney did deflect rather well explaining the country’s problems were more complex & were better addressed with his plan.
Herman Cain had a great night, I thought. Much more attention was afforded him due to his recent frontrunner status. Like other debates, when one candidate mentioned something of another candidate, he was able to rebut. They all kept harping on Cain’s 9-9-9 plan so he was allowed a rebuttal in each case, which kept him in the spotlight. One of the moderators, Charlie Rose, actually cautioned the others to stop bringing it up.
There was a segment of the debate where each candidate would ask a question of another. These were mostly directed at the frontrunners, namely Romney & Cain. What I found fascinating was a softball question Mitt threw at Bachmann. I don’t even recall what the question was. I just wondered why. Maybe he is trying to groom her for a possible V.P. slot. Romney knows he will need the Tea Party if he wins the nomination.
Rick Perry appeared to be running for Energy Secretary. It was basically, “Drill Baby Drill”. That’s all he had, which I love, but it got old.
Michele Bachmann was great at she launched into the moderator that the government created the country’s financial mess, not the evil banks. It was great. She left the moderator speechless.
Newt picked up the baton and went on a tirade regarding that and the Federal reserve. He ended by implying that Barney Frank & Chris Dodd should be sharing a prison cell. Left the moderators’ mouths agape. Absolutely awesome!
In the end, Romney did well, unfortunately. Cain did well also. He does need to become more comfortable with his top-tier status. Perry is toast. Bachmann did well. Santorum did ok, but he won’t last. I like him though. Huntsman is a lib in disguise. Ron Paul is Ron Paul.
I’ve heard most say that Romney won again by default, simply because didn’t slip up. My winner, Newt again. He is always the smartest guy in the room. He is aggressive. You can’t trip him up because he knows everything. He won’t take any crap & if someone tries to give it, he’ll slam them for it. I wish to heck I could support him.