Monday, December 12, 2011

Iowa Debate Marks a Clear Change in Perception of the GOP Leaders.

The ABC debate last night [Saturday, December 10] marked a visible and perceptible change in how the GOP candidates are being viewed.  Up until now, in every GOP debate, we have seen two strong winners: Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.  This was still true Saturday night, but this debate showed a perceptible change.  In all the other debates, Newt has been seen as the smartest man in the room, while Mitt was considered the most presidential, the most adult in the room. 

In this debate, I believe Newt Gingrich was seen not just as the smartest, but for the first time as the most presidential.  This debate could be the turning point that solidifies the feeling among pundits now, that Mitt Romney is no longer the man to beat for the GOP nomination.  It is now former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.

While I think the main stream media is blowing way out of proportion Mitt Romney's $10,000 bet to Rick Perry on what was or was not in his book, I  have to admit when I heard Mitt say that, I cringed.  I knew it was a mistake right then.  Not the bet but Mitt should have realized the amount he proposed would be used to portray him as an elitist, out of touch politician.  Mitt Romney should have just said to Rick Perry: "I'll bet you a quarter what you said about my book isn't accurate."  That would have got a laugh and also made the point. Then his worst moment in any debate, so far, could have turned in his favor.

It is looking more and more like Newt is now the favorite to win the GOP nomination.

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