Mitt Romney and Rick Perry win GOP debate with smart, slick and flawless performances
My quick reaction to the GOP debate tonight is that Mitt Romney and Rick Perry didn't hurt or help themsleves. They both turned in smart, slick and flawless performances. Jon Huntsman's defense of Al Gore's global warming alarmism in the name of appealing to gullible Goreans was the biggest fumble of the night. He's toast.
Whether Perry's strong statements that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme and needs to be fixed and that education and health care in Texas are performing as they should have added to or substracted from his popularity remains to be seen.
The questions by NBC's Brian Williams and Politico's Harris were pointed and tough. Williams put forth the left wing views of NBC and MSNBC and even argued with some of the candidates, but they didn't back down.
Gottcha questions didn't get anyone on the stage.
I think everyone performed very well. That means that I don't think anyone will gain much in the polls as a result of tonight's peformances.
Everyone on the stage was more articulate and wiser than President Obama ever has been, I think.
Great analysis, Don. I’ve read way too many supposed conservatives this morning complaining about the questioners. The point is that it didn’t matter; they all handled the gotchas well. What do these activists think they will be dealing with in the general?
From a pure debate point of view (and as a former litigator it’s hard to view it any other way)I think Romney did much better than Perry. As you have said, Romney can beat Obama and I finally became fully convinced of that last night.
A lot of conservatives also liked Perry tellin’it like it is about SS as Ponzi scheme. As it took me far too long to learn, being right isn’t necessarily the point.
Brains matter, and Romney showed that. Rick’s D in Econ and C average is showing badly. His supporters sound like affirmative action advocates. The most recent is the poor baby must have been tired from all the fires he had to put out. Reminds me of Obama’s sore trigger finger from taking out Osama.Posted by ExPat ExLawyer on 09/08/2011 at 11:05 AM
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