Conservative columnist George Will made his regular appearance as a member of ABC’s Rountable discussion Sunday and coined a phrase that is sure to catch fire this week as people attempt to evaluate Mitt Romney’s sharp decline in South Carolina – ROMNEYNESS! We all thought going in that the big problem for Romney might be his Mormonism; it might be the Massachusetts health care plan. That’s not it. “Mitt Romney’s problem is somehow his “Romneyness.” There’s something about him that’s not connecting.”
Morning Joe Scarborough made a rare appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning and pulled no punches discussing Former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s victory in South Carolina saying “Newt’s not a conservative.” He also says if Newt Gingrich wins Florida, we could be headed in the direction of a brokered convention.
“Governor Romney may be running for CEO, I’m running for President.” Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich made an appearance on Face the Nation the morning after winning the South Carolina Primary and was asked to explain his victory and whether he thought ABC “did him a favor” by running an interview with his ex-wife in the middle of the primary contest. Gingrich responded by saying that his private life is a matter for the American People to weigh in on, but that he also thought the timing of the interview made it appear that ABC was serving as an “arm of the Romney campaign.” He went on to say that he thought the release of the interview was “totally inappropriate” and that he believes the people of South Carolina agreed with him.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich made an appearance on Meet the Press with David Gregory the morning after winning the South Carolina primary and attempted to build upon the message that made him victorious in the nation’s first Southern primary. Speaker Gingrich said there were two “really big messages” he took away from his primary victory… 1) Real Pain – Unemployment and economic hardship are on the minds of 2012 voters and they intend to vote for the candidate they believe is best suited to address those concerns. 2) The level of anger at the national establishment – “People are sick and tired of being told what they are supposed to think; what they are supposed to say.”
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican Primary with Governor Mitt Romney coming in second and Senator Rick Santorum projected to come in third. Both Fox News and CNN called the victory for Gingrich with just over 1% of precincts reporting. Apparently they have some calculus that combines exit polling, demographics, American Idol phone-in votes, and Anderson Cooper’s Twitter account which allows them to call things when only a fraction of the votes are reported.
I’ll spare you the “The reason Newt Gingrich can save America / The world because Chuck Norris said so” lines and cut right to the chase. Chuck Norris endorsed Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich for president. Awesome, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. Don’t get me wrong, my lack of excitement really has very little to do with Chuck Norris. I hate celebrity endorsement regardless of where they may come from. I’m sure a Chuck Norris endorsement would excite me if even an ounce of me cared what actors thought about politics – well, that and if Chuck Norris wasn’t old before I could see an R rated movie.
With South Carolina primary results set to start rolling in around the same time the Men’s National Soccer Team kicks off its 2012 campaign in a match Venezuela, I have to admit I’m a little torn. Do I watch “The Yanks” on some combination of ESPN3 and Galavision (because the latter’s not in English and the former’s the Internet version of the network that will probably be showing “professional” bowling); or do I tune in for hours of “breaking news” from South Carolina as precincts report on Fox News? I think you know which way I’ll probably go with this one.
CNN hosted the “Southern Republican Presidential Debate” from Charleston, South Carolina Thursday night and John King played the role of token moderator for the contest. I’m sure headlines Friday morning will tell the story of heated exchanges and quick jabbing candidates sparring with one another over the issues; but the only broad-sweeping conclusion I drew from the event was how drastically different each of our remaining candidates are from one another.
CNN South Carolina GOP Debate moderator John King asked each of the Republican presidential candidates Thursday night if they planned to release their tax returns. Gingrich said he already had – which he did Thursday night. Santorum said he would – just as soon as he got home to prepare them as he “does his own taxes.” Ron Paul said probably not; but mostly because he’d be embarrassed to disclose his wealth for comparison with the rest of the field. And Mitt Romney continued to say “maybe” even when King pointed out that the Governor Romney’s father released multiple years when similarly situated.
If anyone out there is looking for a contrast between and among candidates in the current Republican field for the Party’s nomination, you need only look to Congressman Ron Paul and former Senator Rick Santorum if you need a shining example. Frankly, I can’t think of two more different political figures in the Republican Party – let alone the in the current presidential field. Thursday night, their differences were on full display when the South Carolina debate turned to the topic of Abortion.