I understand why Mitt Romney would pull out of the March 1 CNN debate (four days before Super Tuesday). He should miss every opportunity for voters to calibrate their dislike for him, and an event on the eve of some primaries he and his PAC advertising will probably be able to buy is doubly worth a miss. But why the hell did Ron Paul and Rick Santorum pull out? Romney is going to bury those guys in negative ads, which they don’t have the budget to counteract, yet they decided to give up a big chance at free media right before the most important day in the Republican primaries.
That seems odd, especially for Santorum, since a debate without Romney be a golden opportunity to pound home the point that Romney is a chickenshit who hides behind his negative ads. Perhaps they’re assuming the February 22 debate, which is still on, will do that work for them, but that’s missing the point that the more Romney people see, the less they like.
Also, too, speaking of quitting, I’ll be following Mitt, Rick and Ron’s lead and taking a few days off to travel.