Posted on | December 11, 2011 | 29 Comments
Ha, ha! You lose!
Lots of fallout today over last night’s debate, in which Mitt Romney offered Rick Perry a $10,000 bet that Mitt’s book did not include a call for nationalizing RomneyCare. The video:
Lisa Graas reminds us that Mitt reportedly spent $45 million of his own money on his failed 2008 bid for the Republican nomination, and Lisa also provides this quote from Everybody’s Favorite Candidate:
“Well that is a lot of money for me . . . I don’t go around throwing around $10,000 bets.”
— Rick Santorum
Kathie Obradovich of the Des Moines Register:
Romney was casually offering the equivalent of about one-fifth of the average median income for an Iowa family. Romney’s privileged background was driven home later when the candidates were asked whether they’d ever had to cut costs in their own family budget.
“I didn’t grow up poor,” Romney said, and noted that if voters are looking for someone who did, they’ll have to vote for somebody else.
This is really unfortunate: Class warfare as an issue in a Republican primary? I don’t like it. However, it does effectively highlight one of Mitt’s tactical weaknesses — a weakness that the Democrats and media (but I repeat myself) would love to exploit in the general election campaign. It’s not necessarily about Mitt’s wealth, but about his tone-deafness to such sensitivities in a year when economic hardship and populist sentiment will be major political forces.
You know what would be nice? It would be nice if the Romney campaign would drop a few bills on some conservative bloggers.
Maybe not on me — the Future Ambassador to Vanuatu isn’t offering to sell out — but I’d bet $10,000 my buddy Jimmie Bise Jr. of Sundries Shack fame could be persuaded to provide some of that “New Media strategy” advice for Team Romney. Because in case you didn’t realize it, I’m once again stealing Jimmie’s “Clearing the Browser Tabs” idea to do a round-up of random links:
- Glenn Beck says it’s racist to support Newt Gingrich. And who can argue with that?
- New York University will offer a class on “Occupy Wall Street,” where we presume students will be taught poor hygiene, Jew-hating and sexual assault.
- The New York Times reports the ABC debate and never once mentions Rick Santorum.
- The Washington Post manages to get around to mentioning Rick Santorum in the 10th paragraph. You know what? I hope when this campaign is over, somebody at the Media Research Center will do a study in which they provide a comprehensive accounting of how much time each candidate got in each of the major televised debates.
- Da Tech Guy says: “Apparently Stephen Green was not the only one drunkblogging yesterday’s debate.” Heh.
- Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy photos have been leaked online — that link to Donald Douglas’s site is safe for work, but in case you’re not working today, Donald has links to the actual photos, you sick freaks. I liked Lindsay better as a real redhead than as a fake blonde, but your mileage may vary.
- Joy McCann asks: “Why are we letting the enemy moderate our debates? If the big networks aren’t willing to hire any non-liberal-Democrats full-time, they should at least have access to some who are willing to moderate GOP debates on a contract basis.”
- Conservative lesbian Cynthia Yockey isn’t happy with Rick Perry’s gay pollster Tony Fabrizio. You know who else probably isn’t happy with Rick Perry’s gay pollster Tony Fabrizio? Rick Perry, who might have a hard time explaining to Iowa’s social conservatives why he hired gay pollster Tony Fabrizio.
- Dave Weigel “nails it,” says Robert Costa, describing Weigel’s analysis of the Romney-Gingrich encounter, which was quoted by Professor William Jacobson and cited by Bill “Gloat Zone” Quick.
- Newt Gingrich must be destroyed says Bob Belvedere, who has compiled a lot of stuff about Gingrich that most people don’t know, including the fact that his name is “Newton Leroy.” That there’s funny, I don’t care who you are.
- Maggie’s Notebook has a comprehensive post-debate analysis.
- The good news: Christiane Amanapour will probably lose her job as host of ABC’s This Week. The bad news: They probably won’t replace her with Ann Coulter.
Oh, and that vintage pinup girl? Not entirely gratuitous, because I’m also trying to hitch a ride.
Remember that I am planning to depart for Iowa the day after Christmas, Dec. 26. I’ve already bought my ticket to Cedar Rapids ($275) and then a ticket from Des Moines to Boston ($205) on Jan. 5, but there are still other expenses to be covered on my 36-day campaign-trail trip all the way to Florida on Jan. 31. Your contributions to the Shoe Leather Fund are earnestly solicited.