Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Newt misses opportunity.
I didn't watch much of the debate. Actually I fell asleep on the couch. But I did spot one golden -- but missed -- opportunity to shatter Mitt's glass jaw, and it could have been by any of the other three, although it would have been more effective if Newt had delivered the line. When somebody starts out from jump street savaging you, the best way to deal with it is with humor. After Mitt delivered his first broadside, Newt should have grinned wryly throughout the jeremiad and then replied, "Boy, Mitt, your inevitability cloak is slipping. Your loss in South Carolina must have stung pretty badly, huh?" The audience would have roared and come to their feet, despite the rules. Then he could have gone on to try to refute the charges (by whatever legerdemain he can). In any case, the look on Mitt's face would probably win Newt another three states with all the free media he'd get on THAT one. Not endorsing Newt by a country mile, just sayin'.