Romney won the Bloomberg debate
That’s the feeling out there, and from me. I watched the debate, and was surprised at the face time Huntsman is still getting. Seriously, the front runners are Romney, Perry, and Cain, not John Freakin Huntsman!
It didn’t take long to get to the RINO compromise portion of the debate. Compromise was brought up in the 2nd question to Perry, and to top it off with a cherry, they tied it to the single tax increase for Reagan! Easy to pick on a dead guy, isn’t it Bloomberg?
Perry was stumbling through answers again, and did not do himself any favors tonight. This guy is simple bad in the debate format. I guess sitting down didn’t do him any good. Plus the moderators didn’t direct much traffic towards him. He could learn from Santorum about using his time to his advantage.
Bachmann and Newt hammered the moderators with answers that clearly went over the moderator’s heads. Karen Tumulty obviously blames the entire meltdown on Wall Street, but Newt and Michele weren’t having any of that. There was a couple of great answers there, and I hope the journolists were paying attention. However, I doubt it. They look at the issue from a totally different angle, one that the left is continually exploiting to their advantage. As Ace at AOSHQ has said, the journolists are covering an idea that is totally foreign to them, and they are trying to explain what the alien language sounds like to them.
Everybody seems to be defending TARP. I get the idea behind it, but can anyone go at it from a smaller government perspective? Romney seemed to do the best with it, but even he, Mr. Smooth Talker, struggled a bit with the answers. It would be nice if the Dem candidate (Hi Barky!) ever got a question like this. Plus, the Bloomberg reporter needs a dictionary, and has to look up the work “hypothetical”. I don’t think that word means what Ms. Hotty McModerator thinks it does.
Charlie Rose accidently got one right. He tied together Tax Cuts and Revenue Increases (in the proper context, for once). Unfortunately, he continued speaking, and revealed every reporter’s bias that only tax increases produce revenue. You should have stopped when you were correct, Chuck!
9-9-9 (Drink!) was the topic of the evening, and Cain did a great job explaining it. Also, others got in some legitimate gripes about the plan. Santorum scored the biggest in this, demonstrating the favor that people don’t have for the sales tax (consumption) portion of 9-9-9, by a simple “raise your hands” to the New Hampshire audience.
Romney came through with this one, hands down. He was given the most time, and other candidates directed their questions at him, increasing his exposure. Cain did the least damage to himself out of the front runners, and got 9-9-9 on the map a little bit more. Perry did himself no favors, and continued his poor debate performances. He could have done worse for himself, but thankfully the moderators cut his time, and gave him limited exposure. First solidified his position, and second has tightened up more. Another debate next week!