Mitt Romney said last night that he thinks only wealthy people should run for office:
Recalling something his father, who served as governor of Michigan, told him, Romney said, “He had good advice to me. He said, ‘Mitt, never get involved in politics if you have to win an election to pay a mortgage. If you find yourself in a position when you can serve, why you ought to have a responsibility to do so if you think you can make a difference, you oughta have a responsibility to do so.’” A few moments later,
Romney bragged about making former senator Ted Kennedy take out a mortgage on his house when Romney ran against him. “I was happy that he had to take a mortgage out on his house to ultimately defeat me,” Romney said.
Here were their ‘thoughts’ on same-sex marriage:
NEWT GINGRICH: We want to make it possible to have those things that are most intimately human between friends.
RICK SANTORUM: I’m certainly not going to have a federal law that bans adoption for gay couples, when there are only gay couples in certain states.
MITT ROMNEY: There is every right for people in this country to form long-term committed relationships with one another. That doesn’t mean that they have to call it marriage.
RICK PERRY: That is a war against religion and it’s going to stop under a Perry administration.
I don’t even know what Gingrich means.
And here’s an interesting exchange between Mitt and Newt:
ROMNEY: “This for me, politics is not a career,” Romney, who began running for office in 1994, replied. “For me, my career was being in business. … I long for a day when, instead of having people who go to Washington for 20 and 30 years, who get elected and then when they lose office, they stay there and they make money as lobbyists or connecting to businesses. I think it stinks.”
GINGRICH: “Look, can we drop a little bit of the pious boloney? The fact is, you ran in 94 and lost. That’s why you weren’t serving in the Senate with Rick Santorum. The fact is you had a very bad re-election rating. You dropped out of office. You had been out of state for something like 200 days preparing to run for president. You didn’t have this interlude of citizenship while you thought about what to do. You were running for president while you were governor.”
“You then promptly re-entered politics. You happened to lose to [Arizona Sen. John McCain] as you had lost to [former Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy]. Now, you’re back running. You’ve been running consistently for years and years and years and years. So, this idea that suddenly citizenship showed up in your mind, just level with the American people. You’ve been running for at least since the 1990s.”
Put Mitt and Newt together and you’ve got the best pious baloney sandwich ever.
I am still digesting the incredible farrago of gibbering nonsense, vengeful religious rage, political chickenshit, and Mandarin Chinese that combined to make the 45,670th of 62,390 scheduled Republican presidential debates the Level 4 biohazard that it was…
Saturday night may have been the most naked piece of point-shaving and game-throwing since the 1919 World Series. I’ve seen fixed prizefights where the issue was more in doubt. The other candidates went so far into the tank for Willard that they may not dry off until next August… Where was the blood, the guts, the glory? Where was the damn slasher film we all anticipated? This was a waltz, and a clumsy one. If the people in that audience had any pride at all, they’d have attacked the ABC platform and demanded satisfaction for this massive piece of consumer fraud.
The coalescing has begun. The non-Romneys seem to be coming to grips with the fact that there’s virtually no chance that Willard isn’t the nominee. So, by and large, the rest of them started paying court staying away from him.
Josh Marshall agrees:
It was the individual candidates (besides Romney) attacking each other; or the individual candidates getting distracted by moderators’ questions … If you’re Eric Fehrnstrom or the other folks in the Romney operation you just love that. Because Romney is far in the lead. And this kind of result is really the best you could hope for. The entire evening read like the other candidates are either resigned to Romney’s expanding lead or were simply unaware of it.