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:
“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.”
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:
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