The ABC Republican debate last night was a bust as no one was willing to go after Romney with any degree of conviction. This morning’s NBC debate was a different affair. Great television as Huntsman, Gingrich and Santorum walked in with a rumble in mind and faced Mitt Romney head on. It brought about some of the better lines heard at any of the debates.
Santorum vs. Romney
This skirmish dealt with Romney’s repeated claim that he’s not a career politician. Note Romney’s straight-faced, ludicrous claim that he had no desire to serve a second term as Massachusetts’ governor. And listen for the “Run again? That would be about me?” assertion from Romney which should win the Chutzpah Award, if one existed, for brazen bullshit.
Gingrich vs. Romney
Romney’s “politics for me is not a career” was too much for Gingrich to let pass. Here was his honest and brutal appraisal of Romney, the ‘non-politician’.
I find Gingrich to be one notch below disgusting but you had to love his honesty on this one. And what was Romney thinking when he shot off this line about his father’s advice to him on entering politics?
“Mitt, never get involved in politics if you have to win an election to pay a mortgage.”
Really? The implication here was that anyone from the middle class wishing to enter politics might want to reconsider. In the Romney household, politics is a career reserved for the well-to-do.
Another Romney $10,000 bet moment from the Richie Rich of Republican politics.
Huntsman vs. Romney
This next confrontation produced the best line of the debate…perhaps the best line of all the debates.
As remarkably honest as the Huntsman line about divisiveness in politics was, the reaction from the partisan conservative crowd who instantly applauded Huntsman was even more so. Encouraging stuff but not enough to lessen the concerns of anyone who sees this entire slate of Republican candidates as a dangerous bunch of right-wing radicals out of touch with mainstream America.