Your morning jolt: Mitt Romney shows his sensitive side

On Tuesday, Fox News aired what was, by all appearances, a straight-up interview with Mitt Romney, the lead survivor in the GOP race for president.

Bret Baier asked the logical questions: The New Hampshire Union Leader had just endorsed Newt Gingrich, yet another of Romney’s surging opponents – at the same time alluding to the former Massachusetts governor’s multiple positions.

Last night, in a conversation with Bill O’Reilly, Baier said that, off-camera, Romney declared he had been mistreated:

Said Baier:

“He said he thought it overly aggressive….As we were walking in the walk-and-talk, and then after we finished he went to his holding room — and then came back and said he didn’t like the interview and thought it was uncalled for.”

And in today’s New York Times, columnist Gail Collins has this account of Romney’s on-camera reaction as his interrogator went down a roster of his flip-flops:

Romney looked approximately as comfortable as the three wealth managers who had to appear on camera claiming the $254 million they won with a $1 Powerball ticket.

“Your list is just not accurate so, one, we’re going to have to be better informed,” Romney began.

His other responses included: “This is an unusual interview. Heh. Heh. Heh. Heh.”

The Washington Post reports this morning that the Romney camp has been caught slightly off-guard by the surge of Newt Gingrich. There is, of course, the question of whether Gingrich will follow the trajectory of Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain:

Increasingly, Romney’s advisers believe he will not. They are calculating that primary voters will overlook Gingrich’s rocky career in public life — including ethics charges, extramarital affairs and a decade of trading his influence to enrich himself.

Voters “know all that, and they’ve discounted those things,” said a third Romney adviser. “The leadership of the campaign recognizes that Gingrich has got staying power, that he’s a very serious candidate.”

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But Texas congressman Ron Paul thinks the former House speaker can be lowered a notch or two. Late Wednesday, he posted this Internet ad – almost a doppelganger of the one that the Democratic National Committee produced against Mitt Romney:

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By now, you know that Herman Cain says he needs to have a face-to-face conversation with his wife before he decides whether his presidential campaign will continue. In the meantime, his campaign – perhaps in an effort to reassure jittery Iowa supporters – launched this TV ad in the state:

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Jon

December 1st, 2011
10:19 am

Is there any GOPer that doesn’t complain about the media?

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
10:24 am

#1: Why do I get the feeling that Herman isn’t looking forward to having a fae-to-face meeting with his wife.

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
10:34 am

#2: Why does Cain want copies of Ms. White’s phone records? The same call logs are on his phone. What he should be worried about is Mrs. Cain wanting to know how many other “people” have logged more than 60 calls in a four month period with him.

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

December 1st, 2011
10:37 am

Why are people for Newt & against Herman.. Herman has been married to the same woman for over 30 years, Newt 3 women in the same time period. Herman has kept the same girl friend for 13 years, how many sluts has Newt had in the same time period? On the good side at least they both like woman.

Eon Paul is dead on as George Wills said Newt is just a Cheap Ploitician who sells himself Expensively.

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

December 1st, 2011
10:38 am

Why are people for Newt & against Herman.. Herman has been married to the same woman for over 30 years, Newt 3 women in the same time period. Herman has kept the same girl friend for 13 years, how many sluts has Newt had in the same time period? On the good side at least they both like woman.

Ron Paul is dead on as George Wills said Newt is just a Cheap Ploitician who sells himself Expensively.

ByteMe

December 1st, 2011
10:38 am

That Ron Paul guy is a LIBERAL AND HATES/FEARS NEWT!!!!

Just had to say that to the wingnut morons out there.

Nancy Pharr

December 1st, 2011
10:39 am

Romney was treated unfairly – bits and pieces of years comments made years ago have been piece-mealed together to form a “flip-flop” appearance. I challenge ANYONE to look over the decades and find ONE SINGLE person who hasn’t changed his/her views over the years – c’mon! Mitt is clearly the candidate who respects women more than Gingrich and certainly more than Cain! See this article entitled, Newt Gingrich Cheated on His Wives for America By Dan Amira then decide who is more conservative and respectful of women. Romney has my vote! I’m a native Atlantan know Newt’s history and would advise any female voters to votte for Romney if they want to be treated with respect – check out their personal lives!!! We women know that how they treat their wives is how they’ll treat women in general – they either respect women or not! Gingrish and Cain DO NOT respect women! Romney does! Exerpt from article, “Gingrich has an extra burden in his efforts to explain his marital history to socially conservative primary voters. Gingrich didn’t just get divorced, he also cheated on both of his first two wives. And furthermore, he left both of them when they were sick. As Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall recaps today: Newt famously dumped wife #1 for wife #2 while wife #1 was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. As in literally went to the hospital to present her with divorce papers while she was recovering from surgery for uterine cancer. He eventually dumped wife #2 for wife #3 shortly after wife #2 was diagnosed with MS back in 1999. And he was having the affair on wife #2 with wife #3 while he was turning the country upside down trying to drive Bill Clinton from office over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. He eventually dumped wife #2 for wife #3 shortly after wife #2 was diagnosed with MS back in 1999. David Frum, George W. Bush’s former speechwriter, believes it’s not so much the infidelity,but the aforementioned “arrogance, hypocrisy, and — most horrifying to women voters — the cruelty” that will be so “politically lethal.”

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
10:44 am

#3: The more I listen to Mitt and Herm, the more I realize how worthless CEOs really are when it comes to organization. The more I see Rick and reminded of GWB, I realize how little sense these TX governors have of civics and community. Maybe that’s why they dislike the attributes of a community organizer.

Tom

December 1st, 2011
10:49 am

Nancy, the “divorce papers in the hospital” BS has been shown to be false.

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
10:50 am

#4: The more the GOP candidates are diagnosed with foot-in-mouth disease, the more I think they need to rethink bashing the use of teleprompters.

UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
10:50 am

Romeny or Newt….cant wait to see either one debate Obama. They should put that brawl on PPV.

BitterEXdemocrackkk

December 1st, 2011
11:03 am

WOW — Who knew Ron Paul could come forth with such a powerful ad about Newt so fast! Finally Ron Paul competes well with the big boys, and still running #3. SORRY, but Gingrich NOR Romney are the choice

Ron Paul / Herman Cain 2012 !!!

Centrist

December 1st, 2011
11:03 am

Typical liberal media bashing of Republicans (mostly Romney, now) – both this blog and the reference to the equally biased New York Times columnist snarky comment.

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
11:07 am

The GOP highlighted the phase flip-flop when John Kerry made an honest statement that he voted for the war before he found out he had been misinformed (Joe Wilson would have said lied to) and then he voted against it. There has not been any cut-and-paste with Mitt on any other issues, he has altered his explaination on a number of issues to the point that either he has been lied to or the opposite.

UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
11:07 am

bitter….spoken like a true democrat. haha.

BitterEXdemocrackkk

December 1st, 2011
11:07 am

Newt took $1.6 MILLION of YOUR taxmoney from Fannie for ‘consulting’…now the unanswered question IS, WHY was HE, a history professor hired for FNME ‘consulting’??? Yet all the Newtie folks think theres nothing wrong with this…

the Herman Cain allegations are just that…unfounded manufactured allegations by the racist democrackkk machine. Ron Paul has a steller
record with NO skeletons anywhere. These two men can lead America out of the abyss.

I need a job doing that! oh well, here comes ANN COULTER on GlenBeck!

Centrist

December 1st, 2011
11:08 am

Saw this, which is dead on:

DEAR ABBY:
‘I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can’t afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Any suggestions?’
Sam in California

DEAR SAM:
‘Register as a Republican, and run for public office.’
Abby

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
11:14 am

So what is the snarky right wing biased media saying about Mitt? At this point, much more than the left wing, and liberals aren’t bashing him because he is a Morman. BTW, what ever happened to “tax cuts don’t cause deficits?”

UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
11:17 am

Smoke….tax cuts dont cause deficits…..a spendaholic president does.

DannyX

December 1st, 2011
11:18 am

Typical conservative media bashing of Republicans (mostly Romney, now)-both this blog and the reference to the equally biased Fox News hosts snarky comment.

And don't you dare...

December 1st, 2011
11:21 am

…refer to “African-Americans” as “black folks”, as they will get their sanctimonious selves up in arms and call you everything from “racist” to “klansman under a white sheet” to “pot calling the kettle black” (their words, not mine).

And then they will say you need diversity training – what a bunch of hypocrits – if it was Cain running against an incumbent white/caucasion/whitey/SAWB, etc they would be behind him 100% just because he is black – no questions asked. And, if these “allegations” against Cain were made while running against a white opponent, they would be all up in arms about how the media and everyone else was doing this because he was black – they want it both ways, but life is not fair, and who told them it was?

And, yes, I get diversity training every year at my employer, thank you very much, and I pass their test, too – but when I speak the truth you guys just cast me as an uninformed red neck who is lucky to even be able to put words on paper – wow, talk about calling the kettle “African-American”…

findog

December 1st, 2011
11:23 am

Willard is right; Fox News never goes after a republican like the rabid Baier did during that interview. But he needs to take it like a man; we are not going to elect a wimp who cannot stand a little heat from cable news talking heads as Putin is soon to regain control of the evil empire.

DannyX

December 1st, 2011
11:24 am

“Smoke….tax cuts dont cause deficits…..a spendaholic president does.”

That has to be one of the strangest comments ever. How the heck do you hand out trillion dollar tax cuts at the same time spending huge amounts of money on unfunded trillion dollar wars, socialist medicare part D, and a brand new cabinet level Dept of Homeland Security?

What is the Republican plan to pay for all those things when they regain power?

liberalefty

December 1st, 2011
11:26 am

repubs sure do whine about the media a lot. SPERMIN HERMAN, NEWT THE WH@RE, now the STORMIN MORMON,lol. dont these folks take responsibility for anything?

Frederick Douglass

December 1st, 2011
11:27 am

Beware of someone who’ll say or do anything to acheive an objective. Romney seems to be sacrificing his charachter for higher office, kind of suspect to me.

yuzeyurbrane

December 1st, 2011
11:27 am

The capacity of the right for self-delusion as to facts is always a bit mind-boggling. But “beliefs” and “faith” are OK so long as it is kept in the religious realm.

findog

December 1st, 2011
11:28 am

Tom, the papers were his terms for settlement on a legal pad; while not quite serving papers, he was trying to get her to sign off on the legal process while she was sedated in the hospital. He is a very busy man and some people do not understand time management…

liberalefty

December 1st, 2011
11:29 am

and dont u dare11;21

IF CAIN was running against HILLARY CLINTON he still wouldnt get the black vote

liberalefty

December 1st, 2011
11:32 am

ROMNEY needs to get some PEE PARTY street cred real quick. i think if he called the president the “N” word then he will soar in the polls.

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
11:34 am

Newt is a great debater to some, until you listen to what he says and find that he contradicts himself in the same sentence and then comes up with a conclusion that is the same . Mitt is an great debater to some, until you compare what he said as a moderate in MA to what he says now as a candidate. To independents, the concern is will both hide behind their spinning top smoke screens and turn out to be like Scott Walker. BTW, what have Boehner, McConnell and Kyl have in common? All three said that tax cuts don’t need to be offset.

double

December 1st, 2011
11:37 am

Male reading dear abby,possibly is a true Centrist after all.

UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
11:41 am

DannyX…also Obama is the one that kept the tax code low. Ask him.

gm

December 1st, 2011
11:41 am

General Motors, Chrysler, Nissan sales up in November
Had we listen to Mitt, all these people would have been out of work.

Thanks Obama for your sound judement, rep southerners would not understand this unless it happens to them, they care less about the rest of Americans, but go around waving the flag, what hypocrites ”’

DannyX

December 1st, 2011
11:47 am

Dear Abby, my life is so depressing, the liberal media controls me. The liberal media is out to destroy my beliefs. The liberal media is brainwashing me. I am forced to watch and read things that are biased. The liberal media is out to get me. How should I cope?

Signed, Centrist in Georgia

Dear Centrist in Georgia, first thing stop whining. Second, turn the channel. Third, don’t click on websites that make you cry. And lastly seek professional help, NOW!

Signed Dear Abby

UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
11:49 am

GM….delusional alittle?

Sean Smith

December 1st, 2011
11:52 am

Pretty bad when you cant count on your own propaganda machine to give you a softball interview….sucks to be Mitt

liberalefty

December 1st, 2011
11:54 am

PO ROMNEY has to appease the religious bigots in his own party who would never vote for a mormon. lol.

gm

December 1st, 2011
11:56 am

UGA 1999

We could have 0 unemploment $1 gas and you people will still find something to take shots at this great President.
I guess we should have listen to Mitt and let millions of people from the suppliers to car salesmen be unemployed, Obama will never get credit for anything from you people, but history will show the his accomplishment dispite a country filled with 20% bigots that rather see America failed then to work with him.

UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
11:57 am

Liveralefty. I would easily vote for a mormon, over what we have now. That is easy.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 1st, 2011
11:57 am

Romney’s a draft-dodging fascist pansy…but who else would run for office acting as if Bush and Cheney didn’t commit 9/11?

UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
11:58 am

Gm….oh poor Obama….haha you guys all sound the same. You are right in some sense. We will not work with his failed policies.

Tell me this…what are his accomplishments?

UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
12:01 pm

Will Jones….Well…..wait a minute your ignorance is not worthy of a comment.

carlosgvv

December 1st, 2011
12:02 pm

I’ll bet that “face-to-face conversation with his wife” will be very interesting.

carlosgvv

December 1st, 2011
12:04 pm

And don’t you dare – 11:21

Simply call them what they are – professional victims.

DannyX

December 1st, 2011
12:05 pm

“We will not work with his failed policies.”

Speaking of failed policies, how the heck do you hand out trillion dollar tax cuts at the same time spending huge amounts of money on unfunded trillion dollar wars, unfunded socialist medicare part D, and a brand new unfunded cabinet level Dept of Homeland Security?

What is the Republican plan to fix all of their mistakes when they regain power?

UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
12:08 pm

DannyX…..You didn’t answer my question.

“What is the Republican plan to fix all of their (Democrat) mistakes when they regain power?”

Well first it is glad to see that you feel that Obama is going to lose the 2012 election and repubs are going to “regain power” in the Senate as well as the Presidency”.

Au contraire, liberalefty...

December 1st, 2011
12:11 pm

…they would, too, vote for Herman if he was running against Hillary; ask most of the current Obama supporters WHY they support this incumbent and almost all will say because of his skin color – end of story…

Carry on…

UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
12:13 pm

AU…..nice comment.

new1

December 1st, 2011
12:13 pm

@ UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
11:58 am

Gm….oh poor Obama….haha you guys all sound the same. You are right in some sense. We will not work with his failed policies.

Tell me this…what are his accomplishments?

If your head were not so far up your @ss you would know all the President’s accomplishments, but all you and the rest of the conservatives want to do is constantly state he hasn’t done anything.

UGA 1999

December 1st, 2011
12:16 pm

new1…..Just like I thought…you could not list even one! Instead you did a personal attack…..great job.