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Brody File Instant Debate Analysis: Gingrich, Bachmann Stand Out. Romney? All Bets Are Off

Brody File Instant Debate Analysis:

Tonight’s two big winners: Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann. Mitt Romney? Not the best night.

Disagree? You want to bet? I’ll bet you $10,000. You get the point right?

Newt Gingrich:
The knives were out and Gingrich weathered the storm. He did not get dragged into the mud but rather defended himself and stayed relatively positive, which has been the key to his campaign. He clearly took his anti-arrogance pills before the debate and, for the most part, they kicked in and worked.

Did he get dinged up? Sure a little bit but the Palestinian “invented people” line actually helps him with many conservative evangelicals. In addition, as long as Gingrich speaks boldly and calls out the extreme radical Muslim ideology in the Middle East, he will earn major points with evangelicals.

The power of Gingrich is in his ability to be bold and throw political correctness to the wind. It’s working and it worked tonight again. He’s the clear frontrunner.

Michele Bachmann:
Newt/Romney, Newt/Romney, Newt/Romney. Bachmann scored with that line. So much for 999. She has the new line. Bachmann was really on her game tonight. If she can get people to see her as a POTUS then she can go far. Tonight was a big step in that direction. She came to primetime TV tonight and showed she’s ready for primetime.

Mitt Romney:
The $10,000 bet line to Rick Perry was disastrous on so many levels. First of all, how about a $1 bet not $10,000?!! He really showed his elitist filthy rich side by giving that figure. Plus, why is he offering to bet on national TV? What kind of message does that send to children? Oy.

Beyond the betting line, Romney continues to look like he’s plodding along. In other words, he was okay but not spectacular. That might not cut it at this stage. What we also saw from Romney tonight is that when he brought up the whole Palestinian “invented people” issue, he came across as extremely cautious.

While he might think that’s a good thing, voters are not looking for a candidate who’s cautious because cautious means tentative. Tentative means unsure. Unsure means wishy-washy. Wishy-washy means flip flop. Gingrich has pulled ahead of Romney because he’s talking much bolder. That is a big reason why Romney has a ceiling.

Rick Santorum:
Solid as always. He needs a breakthrough moment. I didn’t see it tonight.

Ron Paul:
A broken record. That’s not being negative - just stating that he’s been consistent since the very beginning.

Rick Perry:
He says all the right things but it just takes three times as long because he simply isn’t coherent up there at times. His delivery needs work to say the least. I have the number for Dale Carnegie if he wants to call me.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Brody File Instant Debate Analysis: Gingrich, Bachmann Stand Out. Romney? All Bets Are Off

I miss Cain in this debate because he was the only one that didn't put you to sleep.
Left by Popi on Dec 11, 2011 12:57 AM

# RE: Brody File Instant Debate Analysis: Gingrich, Bachmann Stand Out. Romney? All Bets Are Off

Hey Brody, is it me or have you notived to this field of 'step children' have been campaignin­g for a while. At what point do GOP leaders say, 'hey we need fresh blood.' Why did they wait until the last minute to come to the revelation that they have no clear candidate able to lead.

It seems to me that some of the more qualified GOPers (Jeb Bush, Chris Christie) don't want to run because either they don't want to face Obama ore they don't want to be responsibl ­e for cleaning up (or sinking further) our unstable and volatile economy. IMO.

Left by Popi on Dec 11, 2011 1:06 AM

# RE: Brody File Instant Debate Analysis: Gingrich, Bachmann Stand Out. Romney? All Bets Are Off

I think Bachmann was the unspoken winner of the debate tonight if not certainly tied for first place with Gingrich. Tying both Romney and Newt together, forcing them to go at each other in order to try to distance themselves, was a brilliant debate move by Bachmann. It was clever and inventive to consolidate the similarities of Gingrich and Romney into an imaginative phrase "Newt Romney" almost as if they were both two sides to the same person. It was like killing two political birds with one stone, raising doubts as to Newt and Romney's "consistent conservatism" by exposing their positions on health care mandates, cap & trade, tarp, payroll tax, and immigration. Because of that, she was able to influence 74% of the Yahoo audience to ask for clarification from "Newt Romney." Also, instead of rebutting Rick Santorum's evaluation of her "fighting and losing," it was a smart decision to spend her debate time to appeal to former Cain supporters especially at the end when candidates we
Left by Gail Fernandez on Dec 11, 2011 2:22 AM

# RE: Brody File Instant Debate Analysis: Gingrich, Bachmann Stand Out. Romney? All Bets Are Off

Wow, and she says she's a christian. Christ would be so proud of here. Not !
Bottom line here is that she is appealing to the Archie Bunker vote. Unfortunat­ely, there are still plenty of Archie Bunkers amongst us, especially in the GOP.
Left by Popi on Dec 12, 2011 6:58 PM