In case you missed it (I did), there was a GOP debate tonight. This one was different from some of the ones that came before: it was in Iowa, and it was on a broadcast network (ABC) rather than a cable station.
It was also one in which Mitt Romney needed to have a good night. Recent polling shows the Newt surge continuing to gather steam, and his wacky comments yesterday about Palestinians being an “invented people” may make it harder for him to win the general election, but seem unlikely to affect GOP primary voters.
But, unfortunately for Romney, he had a rough night. By reports I’m seeing from across the political spectrum, Romney was as robotic as ever, and that act is wearing really thin. Gingrich, in contrast, apparently did very well, and he’s being pronounced the winner by most who have weighed in thus far.
And then there was this:
Awful. Just unbelievably awful. Who cares who’s right about what’s in Romney’s book – a comment like that just cements Romney as a charter member of the 1%. Almost nobody would actually make a $10,000 bet on anything, yet Romney appeared to be dead serious about that bet. Expect to hear a lot about the $10,000 bet over the next few days.
It’s hard to believe that someone with as checkered, and frankly embarrassing, a history as Newt Gingrich could have a serious shot at the nomination, but his competition is so incredibly awful that it’s starting to look plausible.