After a Twitterific GOP debate, here are my nominations for the winners and losers:
Woodrow Wilson 14 Points Award: Mitt Romney. At the debate’s outset he boldly gave us a 50% Wilson, with his Seven Point Plan. Herman Cain and Tim Pawlenty each announced Four Points. Newt had many points but did not quantify them.
Michael Moore Awful Truth Award: Ron Paul. For pointing out that during the cold war the Soviet Union had 30,000 ICBMs pointed at us, yet Ronald Reagan talked to them. Iran today may acquire a single nuclear weapon. But the right wing now says we cannot talk to them.
Rear Admiral James B. Stockdale Awkwardness Award: Jon Huntsman. For trying to seem moderate but mainly attracting attention for his quavering voice. Who are you, and why are you here?
Fox News Was Not Softballing Award: Byron York, for asking Michele Bachman about what it means to be a submissive wife.
George W. Bush Strategery Award: Mitt Romney. Keep them quarreling with each other, and not with you. And you will come out ahead.
Nothing to Lose Award: Tim Pawlenty. He will, in fact, mow your lawn and cook you dinner if you will just. Please. Help. Him.
Sarah Palin Gotcha! Journalism Award: Newt Gingrich, who proved this wonderfully useful rhetorical dodge can be used just as easily with Fox reporters as with lamestreamers like Katie Couric.
Your Dormant Twitter Feed Is Making Me Sad Award: #JonHuntsman.
Ronald Reagan Mention Award: Tie: Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, with two a piece. And sadly, half of these mentions were defensive: Ron Paul defending cold war detente, and Newt Gingrich defending his staff shakeup with a comparison to Reagan’s in 1980.
Who Came Up With This Metaphor Award: Newt Gingrich, with his employment of “Mickey Mouse” Gotcha journalism, as well as saying of the deficit Supercommittee “we can shoot you in the head or cut off your right leg, which do you prefer?”
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