WTF with Romney considering skipping some debates? Scaring an opponent out of showing up for something is the ultimate bitch slap. Just ask Randy Kuhl or Sue Kelly how it feels to be on the receiving end of that one. And if getting bitch-slapped hurts in a general election, it hurts twice as much in the pistol-by-the-waist, Cristal-by-the-case milieu of contemporary Republican primaries. So this is no surprise:
After last weekend’s two debates in South Carolina, advisers to the former Massachusetts governor had said the candidate hadn’t committed to any more campaign debates. But Romney said Saturday, on the day when South Carolinians are voting in their state’s GOP primary, that he will be at the Tampa debate on Monday, and advisers say he also will participate in the Jacksonville debate on Thursday.
But why were they even thinking about skipping them? I get that Newt cleaned Romney’s clock in the last two, but all Romney has to do is this: (1) keep saying “I don’t apologize for being successful” (with a few references to China, Cuba, soshulism etc.) when they ask about his taxes and (2) counter Newt’s media attacks with his own media attacks or by saying “if you want cheap stunts, vote for Newt, if you want real leadership, vote for me”
This isn’t that complicated.