Three things to watch for in tonight’s GOP presidential debate from Charleston, S.C.:
– In recent days, Mitt Romney hasn’t handled questions about his Bain years and his tax returns very smoothly. We can now add questions about large sums of money being held in offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands. That may be well within the legal rights of a private citizen; it’s less certain that voters will find it acceptable in a president. Romney will have repeated opportunities to address such concerns tonight.
– Asking your wife to accept an ongoing affair with a younger woman is also not unknown in private life. Whether voters find that acceptable in a potential president is again another matter. Newt Gingrich has had a great few days, beginning with a starring performance in a debate Monday. With a repeat performance tonight he could go a long way toward winning South Carolina and extending the contest with Romney.
– In tribute to the recently departed Rick Perry, I forget the third thing.
– Jay Bookman