I, like most of you, watched the GOP debate last night from Manchester, NH. I anchored the coverage at PJTV, and was joined on set by Stephen Kruiser, James Poulos and Joe Hicks, and joined via video conference by the Vodka Pundit Stephen Green and Tatler editor Bryan Preston, as well as Alexis Garcia in New Hampshire.
From the accounts of those on set, and Bryan and Stephen, all agreed that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) came out of this debate doing the most good for her campaign. Yet, both Bryan and Stephen thought that it was former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney that did best, proving that he is the man to beat in the election.
I could not disagree more.
Stating and restating that you failed to secure the nomination in 2008 is not a winning strategy. Asking President Obama why he didn’t call you to learn about Romneycare was a good tactic, except it reminded everyone that he passed Romneycare! Pawlenty didn’t vigoursly go after Romney like he does in interviews, but was the Romney response to Pawlenty – or to any attacks on Romneycare – vigorous? Would anyone characterize Romney as vigorous? As exciting? As connected?
What in his presentation last night makes him the winner? The fact that he didn’t have a glaring misstep?
Here is how I rate the debaters: