Why does the G.O.P. subject themselves to that? If they went in to the debates expecting objectivity, I need to meet these guys. I have a couple of bridges over the Mississippi River at Memphis to sell them.
New Hampshire front-runner Mitt “The Legacy” Romney, wound up being on the offense on Saturday night and on the defense on Sunday morning.
While Mitt Romney skated through last night’s [Friday's] Republican debate largely unscathed, one of the debate’s moderators is being called out for an excessive and biased line of questioning.
George Stephanopoulos, who served as a top adviser to President Bill Clinton in the 90s, hammered at the GOP frontrunner on jobs and contraception with unsupported facts and figures during last night’s New Hampshire debate.
The ABC News commentator said: ‘I’ve read some analysts who look at it and say that you’re counting the jobs that were created but not counting the jobs that were taken away. Is that accurate?’
Mr Romney responded: ‘No, it’s not accurate. It includes the net of both. I’m a good enough numbers guy to make sure I got both sides of that.’
Mr Romney also tried to avoid answering a question by Mr Stephanopoulos about whether states should be able to ban contraceptives, insisting that they wouldn’t want to anyway.
He seemed perplexed by the question and suggested it was irrelevant and Mr Stephanopoulos’ characterization was too hypothetical.
Mr Romney drew applause from the audience while saying: ‘George, I don’t know whether a state has a right to ban contraception. No state wants to.
‘I mean, the idea of you putting forward things that states might want to do that no state wants to do, and asking me whether they could do it or not, is kind of a silly thing, I think.’
Contraception, he said to laughter, is working ‘just fine.’
Then, Sunday morning, while moderating the MSNBC/Facebook Republican Debate, NBC News moderator David Gregory gave the candidates an opportunity to explain in front of everyone’s favorite flip-floppin’ Moderate why they thought Romney should not be the GOP nominee:
“There’s a huge difference between a Reagan conservative and somebody who comes out of a Massachusetts culture with an essentially moderate record,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has been on the blunt end of Romney’s media attack apparatus for weeks. “I think he’ll have a very hard time getting elected.”
Visibly frustrated after being slammed by Romney as a “lifetime politician,” Gingrich hit back on stage, labeling Romney’s claims about being a man of the private sector “pious baloney.” (Watch the clip below.)
“You’ve been running consistently for years and years and years,” Gingrich said. “So this idea that suddenly, citizenship showed up in your mind—just level with the American people, you’ve been running since the 1990s.”
The debate began just 10 hours after the ABC/Yahoo! debate ended in Manchester. During that event, candidates largely failed to chip away effectively at Romney’s record.
During the “Meet the Press” debate, Romney defended himself as a “solid conservative who brought important change to Massachusetts,” and touted his long list of endorsements, including those from several New Hampshire officials. “I’m very proud of the conservative record I have,” he said.
That’s when Santorum jumped in.
“If his record was so great,” he said, turning to Romney, “why didn’t you run for re-election?” (Romney served one term as governor of Massachusetts.) Santorum, facing tough re-election odds in 2006, ran anyway and was trounced by double digits. “Why did you bail out?” Santorum said.When asked how conservatives could trust him to promote their agenda, Romney replied: “They’ve got my record as governor.” That answer may come back to haunt him, offering an easy opening for attack over his support for a state-sponsored health care program.
MSNBC’s miserable excuse for a television host (one of several) Lawrence O’Donnell, said over the weekend, that:
Romney is the one they don’t want. They know they can beat anybody else. Romney, they think they can beat, but it’s a harder road.
Yeah, right. And the Dems were scared of John McCain in 2008. Gimme a break.
Remember Operation Chaos? Rush Limbaugh asked his listeners to vote for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primaries, in an attempt to derail the “Lightbringer”, Barack Hussein Obama. People actually complied with Rush’s wishes, and the results, will not leading to a Hillary victory, were noticeable.
Speaking as a Reagan Conservative, I firmly believe that the Democtratic Party and their slavishly sycophantic Main Street Media Lackies, plus all of the 30-something year old Liberals publishing blogs out of their Moms’ basements, could be attempting the very same political strategy that Rush authored in 2008.
Think about it. If you wanted the opposition to elect someone that you thought would be a pushover for your candidate, what better way than to convince the opposition voters that you are deathly afraid of the candidate that you actually wanted to face your party’s representative?
All this buzz about Romney from the National Media, old and new, may be Operation Chaos – Progressive Style.