The Republicans held yet another debate Saturday night, and there I sat, transfixed by the spectacle. (My being home watching a Republican debate on a Saturday night should tell you all you need to know about my lack of life). My own take on it was that Newt has to be considered the winner. Mitt Romney picked a pretty bad time to come up with a stinker, but he was definitely off his game. I also thought Michelle Bachmann had a pretty good night, especially her taking on “Newt Romney”.
It is just static, or does it mean something? From my view I thought it meant plenty to Newt, who managed to parry all of the assaults on him fairly easily. His strong rebuttal to Romney on the career politician issue,(you would have been a career politician but you lost to Teddy Kennedy)was one of his best moments of the night. For those, myself included, who have been expecting some sort of Gingrich meltdown, the debate showed that Gingrich has the ability, when focused and disciplined, to more than hold his own. Romney and his team, for the first time, have begun to show some wear and tear. Gingrich will now force Romney out into the open, where the Mittster can sometimes fall down. (Maybe somebody from the campaign has told Mitt not to offer any more $10,000 wagers when he goes on Fox News Sunday next week).
The Republicans, for today, appear poised to gamble on Gingrich. But it is a big gamble, as some data from NBC/Marist indicates. In Republican South Carolina President Obama leads both Gingrich and Romney, which is shocking to me. I fully expect that to change, but the damage being done to the Republican brand by this field has to be substantial. Keep bringing in the Donald Trumps for entertainment and these guys could end up losing 40 states to a President that appeared to be on the ropes politically.