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January 24, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Andrea Mitchell, after Monday night’s debate:

“I talked to a top Romney adviser tonight who said, ‘Look, if Mitt Romney cannot win in Florida then we’re going to have to try to reinvent the smoke-filled room which has been democratized by all these primaries. And we’re going to have try to come with someone as an alternative to Newt Gingrich who could be Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, someone.’ Because there is such a desperation by the so-called party elites, but that’s exactly what Gingrich is playing against…”

I’d like to take a moment to disembowel the “top Romney adviser” who went whispering to Andrea Mitchell. Andrea Mitchell is so biased that she has an entire blog devoted to getting her fired. Any real conservative would know better than to go whispering to her (unless that “top adviser” is really her husband, Alan Greenspan, in which case she’s just converting pillow talk to a “top Romney adviser” to have something interesting to say). But we’ve seen this all along with Mitt and his campaign and his supporters, so it is plausible that one would confide in an MSMer like Mitchell. They keep conservatives and conservative media at arm’s length while running for the nomination from the nominally conservative party. They even denied your humble blogger a press credential to their New Hampshire victory party, a stark contrast from the way they actively courted conservative media in 2008. I was at Hot Air at the time, and heard from the Romney campaign just about every day. Romney needs to figure out who this “top adviser” is and send them packing.

But back to the question in the headline, the answer is yes. Did I say “yes”? I meant YES.

As the Florida primary draws close, it looks less and less like that any of the remaining candidates is electable. The media and Obama are likely to rob Newt Gingrich of his advantage in the debates, leaving him with what, exactly, to run on? It will be too easy to paint either him or Romney as a shameless flip-flopper, never mind the various other narratives the media and the Democrats can play against both. Santorum has yet to demonstrate that he can build a national organization or, heck, even win his own home state. And Ron Paul manages to make Obama look reasonable on foreign policy.

This is our A team? I’m starting to think Daniels/Ryan 2012. Or Pence. Or Christie…  Brokered Convention 2012!

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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