Roger Simon: Some in GOP want fewer debates, dumber reporters
The Republican Party is now considering changes in its rules to squeeze the last remaining pleasure out of politics.
This is not being done in the name of reform. This is being done in the name of "let's stop kicking ourselves in the groin."
Accusing a politician of being fundamentally dishonest is like accusing a ballerina of dancing on her toes. No big deal. But accusing a Republican of being for abortion, against guns and for taxes is serious stuff. Naturally, Romney had to prove that he was none of those things.
The debates were full of bad moments, especially for Perry, who was considered by the media to be an extremely formidable candidate until Perry got on stage and opened his mouth.
According to CNN, one Republican source says there is a "heavy appetite" not just to severely reduce the number of debates, but also to control which journalists get to ask questions.
Announcer: Coming to you live from the basement of Republican National Headquarters, an officially sanctioned debate moderated by Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly!
Ted Cruz: I don't know if he's white, but he sure is fat. Just like Chris Christie.
Chris Christie: How about I come over there and bust your kneecaps?
Rick Perry: There are actually three Santas. They are sometimes called the Three Wise Men. They are Donder, Blitzen and um, um... (53-second brain freeze).
Rick Perry: James Richard . um . um . (53-second brain freeze).
Megyn Kelly: You can't remember your last name?
Megyn Kelly: That's your nickname. What is your last name, Gov. Perry?
Rick Perry: Governor?
Megyn Kelly: And that's all the time we have! Join us in six months for our final debate: "Democrats: Threat or Menace?"
So good luck with that.
Roger Simon is chief political columnist for Politico.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Video on molestation, shown to Manchester 3rd graders, upsets parents - 17
- Claremont high school’s renovation causes upset, sparks inspection - 0
- Nashua school members' letter prompts an apology - 0
- UNH Law named a top 100 law school in magazine’s rankings - 0
- Loeb School spring classes offer career-change chance - 0
- 'Mathletes' chosen to represent NH in national competition - 1
- Pembroke Academy wants to help at-risk students - 0
- From Russia, with love of numbers at Nashua school - 0
- Great Bay Community College 'boot camp' trains students in precision manufacturing - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- A second chance: Manchester hasn't won Hooksett yet - 0
- Calling Deep Throat: Where is Obama's Mark Felt? - 0
- Monarchs know there's always room for improvement - 0
- Student artwork on display in Derry for PTA's Reflections - 0
- Town, school budgets approved in Amherst - 0
- Wilton-Lyndeborough elementary school merger plan passes - 0
- Hollis voters approve all warrant articles - 0
- Div. I Girls' Basketball: Bedford advances to final with ease - 0
- Boys' Hockey: Souhegan, John Stark-Hopkinton advance in Div. III - 0
Town, school budgets approved in Amherst
Rochester firm is ready to add jobs
Hollis voters approve all warrant articles
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Scott Brown to announce exploratory committee for U.S. Senate run
No dice: House kills casino gambling bill