Ladies and gentlemen, so terminates your Bloomberg-Washington Post debate for the Republican presidential candidates. So who comported themselves well? And who came up short?
Mitt Romney. At this point, it’s almost becoming embarrassing. Romney has just wiped the floor with… [more]
We’re starting to get to the point where the winners and losers are the ones who aren’t necessarily flashy, but well-polished and well-studied. Romney made it look easy; he’s well-polished and well-studied. Santorum and Huntsman are in the same boat, and suddenly looking better as a result. Cain’s well-polished, making up for his weakness on certain things (like explaining 999). Paul’s well-studied, but his opinions are tougher to polish for a larger audience (although he’s making inroads). But Perry and Bachmann looked like they were drowning (all buzz, little substance), and Newt just looked like the odd man out, a tenured college professor in a real-world situation. To us, it seems like this debate format had the effect of playing up smarts and playing down rhetoric. Those who lean more on smarts won. Those who lean on rhetoric struggled.