Did Newt Scare More Than “Journalists” With Debates?

Tastes Like Chicken?

A large number of the people in media are angry with Gingrich, since he never seems to miss an opportunity to rake them over the coals when their questions warrant a terse response.  Some in media are whispering they do not wish to moderate any debate in which he is a participant, although I suspect that tells you more about their leftist political orientation and sub-par intelligence quotients than it does about Gingrich.  Now it’s being reported [again] that Romney may be pulling the plug on the schedule Florida debates, and given his last two debate performances stacked alongside Gingrich, it may not be a bad move.  I don’t know if the label “chicken” will hurt him any worse than his two most recent debate appearances, and he surely wishes to avoid any more public tongue-lashings over his failure to release his income tax returns.  Some will differ, but I believe the CNN debate on Thursday was even more damaging to him personally than was Monday’s FoxNews debate, if only for his halting, equivocating answer on that specific tax return question.

The real unfairness of the debate situation is this: NBC is talking about canceling the debate altogether if Romney won’t show.  I think that’s wrong, but then again, I don’t know what the contractual obligations may be, but if it were my debate, I’d go ahead with it, and make sure there was an empty podium where the absent candidate should have been.   This would quickly put an end to the “take my ball and go home” attitude Romney seems to be displaying.  There would be no worse public relations disaster for Romney, and no better coup for the others than to have that happen. Of course, since the media favors Romney, this would never happen even if the rules permitted it.

If Romney takes this approach to his poor performance, what will he do in the general election season? Will he skip debates then, too?  All of this militates against Romney, and one would think he’d realize this before his opponents seize upon this to make yet another case against him.  This is the kind of change of tactics that can either elevate or ruin a candidacy, and the Romney camp is willing to flirt with potential ruination if the public reacts badly against him rather than the near-certain ruination that could result from another bad on-stage performance next to Gingrich and the others.

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  • http://gravatar.com/janthames jan

    I am sure NBC wants to pull the plug in an effort to help Romney. That is the problem with our country the people in charge, so-to-speak, want to control information and if they don't like the information they want to pull the plug. I think the attitude that I am taking my toys home and not playing because he (Romney) doesnt' like the way it is going is poor sportsmanship.

  • dnr

    "All of this militates against Romney, and one would think he’d realize this before his opponents seize upon this to make yet another case against him."

    He is a narcissist, just like Obama. Utterly incapable of looking at himself objectively. And, like Obama, he is bolstered by the knowledge that the media is shilling for him. All of this combines to make the man feel as though he is invincible, when any observant person can see he will crash and burn. Scratch that, he HAS crashed and burned.

    • http://gravatar.com/teefrtwo Gail

      @dnr, Just what I was thinking when reading Mark's article…Romney, narcissist, his widdle feelings are hurt.
      Go home Mitt….Newt is it.

      • dnr

        And like Obama, Romney has zero compassion. They say you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat children and animals. The story of this millionaire who tortured his poor dog by strapping him to the top of the roof for a family vacation, then hosing him down and continuing on after the poor thing vomited from fright is yet another indicator of a soulless individual. Truly despicable, selfish, evil.

  • http://rebintexas.wordpress.com RebinTexas

    Oh my – does this mean the mittster won't already be crowned by then. Gee, and I'd been holding my breath soooo.

    No matter what he does – I pray it ultimately leads in the same direction – out of the race – or, at least, just another of the ones running. He has never led on my list……and never will.

    Wouldn't a brokered convention, with a strong Tea Party showing be just great? Even better if…………

    Reb

    • dnr

      Sarahcuda!!

  • fred johnson

    Lets be hounest look at everything that has been & is being set up for this election. All the FREAK CZARS. and there new laws. Van Jones and the occupy people. That I'm sure we are financing somehow I think this summer/fall will get very out of control/bloody. This is George Soros and the UN's last chance. George knows even he won't live forever. and he can't take all of our money with him. They must win this election no matter what it cost us. We must band togather or we too wil become more of there USEFULL IDIOTS. Hang on it's going to be a wild ride.!!

    • http://gravatar.com/janthames jan

      I have been ready since Obama got elected. Being a small business owner the ride hasn't been too pretty. My business has suffered as many of my customers lost their jobs. Then I died 3x and screwed some things up too. But I am alive and doing happily (a year-long recovery) and I am hoping we get a President that doesn't mind kicking butt.

    • http://gravatar.com/teefrtwo Gail

      I am with you Fred…..Tea Party needs to rally around Newt

  • Stand Taker

    We gotta get Mitt out of there. The writing's etched into the wall.

    He's a milquetoast dud.

    Newt's not Sarah Palin but he has conviction, ideas, and the mind to implement them.

    I've no confidence in Romney. None.

  • http://gravatar.com/janthames jan

    I agree except I don't think Romney has crashed and burned yet. He is crashing and burning and everyone is watching. If they stop the debates because of this I will be very disapointed, if it wasn't for the debates I think I might be voting differently. We must push for keeping the debates and if Romney chooses to not play, the empty podium speaks volumes. I have noticed in the debates that Romney does seem to have an attitude of I don't need to put up with this.

    • dnr

      I agree, if the media was the least bit interested in helping the country choose the best candidate they would continue, empty podium and all. But they are providing cover for Romney so that ultimately BHO can win. Romney may not even realize that he is actually a stealth candidate for Obama. Anyone can see this, except perhaps Mittens himself.

  • albert volpe

    I don't have a dog in this race……and I am truly frustrated by the whole process…..I did not have a good choice last time, either. sheesh!

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