Malkin on the Florida CNN debate last night

She’s got the appropriate Fly them to the Moon theme going on, and mentions again the possibility of a brokered convention.

One comment she had caught me a bit off guard.

Big loser: Gingrich.

Big gainer: Santorum.

Big surprise: Paul’s likeability factor, even if he is completely on the moon when it comes to Israel, jihadists, and national security.

Big, unchanged reality: Big Government Romney, Big Government Gingrich, and Not As Big A Government As He Voted For When He Was in the Senate But Still Too Big Government Santorum.

Interesting. As I noted last night, right about 9:10 p.m. ET I thought Santorum was about to blow a gasket. Was it my TV, or did he seem to get more and more red faced and flustered/frustrated as he answered questions.

I saw desperation in his eyes. My guess is he knows this will be the end for his campaign if he can’t replace Romney or Gingrich as one of the top two in the field of four.

Also, Publius at Big Government writes…

Rick Santorum spent the first two thirds of the debate yelling at people—though his talking yelling points were generally quite good—and then got sweet and sensitive for the latter third. I like my President cool, calm, and collected, and Santorum needs work on that front.

I agree about cool, calm and collected, and Santorum was so uncool at one point, I never heard his answer … I was trying to see if my TV color adjustments were off as his face got more and more red.

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Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. JBS on January 27, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Steve, I suspect that there are too many pundits. Lacking any general consensus regarding who is the leading GOP candidate, the chattering class has to talk and write about something. They have their favorites and naturally want to keep that name in play.?
    I have nothing against Santorum, he would make a great nominee, but even he has folded his tent and headed home. Broke and tired.
    Here’s something nagging at me: if Newt gets the GOP nod, will voters respond like they did to McCain? Old, white haired, white guy w/baggage? vs youngish vibrant incumbent w/ baggage and the bully pulpit? I have to remind myself that even while unemployment is high, the majority of Americans are still working. Not prosperous but working. Takes a lot to vote against that. Maybe Santorum is not out of it yet; anyone for Marco Rubio?

  2. Lynn on January 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I am hanging in there. If you are faced with rats stealing your food, you want a Pit Bull (hat tip to Kathy P.) not a Lab white mouse or a tired Golden Retriever to keep the rats away.

  3. Lynn on January 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

    But Santotum is NOT out of the race yet. Let the Games Begin!

  4. Lynn on January 28, 2012 at 9:16 am

    LOL Santorum, LOL. No I have NOT had rum for breakfast!

    • Dimsdale on January 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      I recommend mimosas….?? 😉


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