November 9, 2012

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On whether the election results constitute a rejection of conservatism by the electorate…

If the three million votes, the three million Republicans that everybody thought would turn out had turned out, three million Republicans did not vote, the statistical analysis is that if those three million had voted for Romney, Romney would have won the popular vote by a couple hundred thousand. We didn't lose this because of immigration. We didn't lose this because of women. We lost it because we didn't turn out the base. There were eight million Obama voters who did not vote this year as opposed to 2008. There was not more enthusiasm for Obama in this country. It was not conservatism that lost. It was not our ideals that lost. It was our campaign strategy. That's where this was lost. Reagan's words ring true. Don't give up your ideals. Recognize there are millions and millions of Americans who want what you want.

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November 7, 2012

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On the meaning of President Obama’s reelection…

Romney presented a picture... This is very frightening stuff to me. He presented a picture of the traditional view, the traditional roots, the traditional way things work in this country. And part of his campaign... There was an assumption, I think, that that's what most people were looking for and wanted a return to. Instead we've got the Mulligan presidency. We're gonna give Obama a do-over!

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October 17, 2012

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On the media consensus that Obama won the second Presidential Debate last night…

The only way you can say, "Obama won on points" is to say that he got away with lying, and that assumes the audience is a bunch of idiots. That assumes that the audience doesn't know. And I'm telling you, the people watching the debate, if they're interested enough to watch the debate, know enough to know when they're being lied to. I don't believe that Mitt Romney has to point out, for example, every lie Obama is telling. It's not possible, by the way. There were too many last night.

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October 8, 2012

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On Mitt Romney’s foreign-policy address at the Virginia Military Institute…

As I listen to these Romney sound bites, it reminds me of when I was listening to the speech live. It was exactly an hour ago. When you just listen to what Romney is saying about our position in the world and how he's saying it, and you compare it to what Obama says about our position in the world. I just can't get over the stark contrast and the stark difference. I mean, you ask the question, "Who is more presidential? Who should be our commander-in-chief?" and the option is these two guys. I mean, there's no comparison. It is competent, confident leadership versus rank amateur cliched liberalism. Not even informed and educated by three years on the job, just cliched liberalism.

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September 26, 2012

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On Obama blaming President Bush for the national debt…

These lies just flow out of his mouth and off of his lips as naturally as a baby's cries. Now, I don't know, as I say, I'm not an expert. I don't know if it's purposeful, if he's delusional, or if it's strategic. It could be a combination of those things. He's running commercials in battleground states claiming that Romney's tax plan would increase taxes on the middle class by $2,000. There's not a single thing in Romney's tax plan that raises taxes on the middle class, period. Romney cuts middle class taxes by 20%. He doesn't raise taxes on anybody. It's Obama who's going to be raising taxes. Obama, in effect what he's doing, is taking what his policies are going to be, his future policies and what his policies have been, and he's simply saying that they're Romney's.

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September 24, 2012

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On the Left’s complaint that Mitt Romney intentionally paid too much in taxes to make himself look good politically…

The first claim was he didn't pay any. Now he's paid too much. You cannot win. You cannot satisfy these people, and therefore it is a mistake to try unless your objective is to illustrate who they are. But if you're really trying to please 'em, if you're really trying to get their approval, if you're really trying to shut 'em up, you never will and it's foolish to try. Look at the charitable donations. Romney's taxes are all legit. Nobody's claiming he broke the law. They're saying he paid more than he should have. And, again, isn't that what we've been hearing rich people should do? It's the patriotic thing to do, for crying out loud.

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September 19, 2012

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On the GOP establishment’s sometimes-faltering support of Mitt Romney as the election unfolds…

During the primary, all these people -- not all of them, but a lot of the people -- who were telling us, "Romney's the only guy. He's the only chance we've got! Romney's the one," they've bailed. They've bailed on him. Now they're running around saying, "He's not the candidate we thought he was gonna be. He's stupid and arrogant," and all these things. And those of you, you and me, who were said to be problematic during the primaries? We're the ones supporting Romney!

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September 14, 2012

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On media polls showing Obama with sizable leads in several battleground states…

Obama going up in the polls right now doesn't make sense, does it? To you? Does Obama closing out the election right now make sense to you? Does Obama wrapping it up in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, does that make sense to you? It doesn't to me. Obama getting stronger in the polls, right now, doesn't make sense to me. Well, Rasmussen's out today. Their latest poll has Romney up three. That's exactly right. Latest Rasmussen has Romney up three. And then there's this. "According to the Real Clear Politics averages, Mitt Romney now leads the presidential race in Virginia for the first time since the beginning of the year." Real Clear Politics, they average every poll.

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September 12, 2012

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On the Obama Administration’s reaction to the attack on America’s embassy in Cairo…

Obama's first instinct was to sympathize with the attackers. And when I say Obama, I'm talking about the embassy, Embassy Cairo. You can't separate Barack Obama from any of our embassies. He staffs them. They have like-minded thinkers in there. Barack Obama's in charge of the Foreign Service, he and Hillary Clinton. Their first instinct was to sympathize with the attackers with that statement. Romney was dead right pointing that out. First instinct, sympathize with the attackers.

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September 10, 2012

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On a new onslaught of polls showing Obama significantly ahead of Mitt Romney…

The polls are just being used as another tool of voter suppression. The polls are an attempt to not reflect public opinion, but to shape it. Yours. They want to depress the heck out of you, and they want to suppress your vote. The polls are of adults, registered voters. Let me tell you the polls that count, and those are the polls a couple of weeks before the election. That's when the pollsters worry about holding onto their credibility. Those are the polls that everybody remembers. Nobody's gonna talk about what Public Policy Polling said in a poll in Ohio on September 10th. They're gonna worry about what Public Policy Polling said a week before the election, and that's when Public Policy Polling, a liberal group out of North Carolina, is gonna tell you what's really going on.

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August 31, 2012

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On Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican convention, and Hollywood’s reaction to it…

The left -- and this is predictable. They're destroying Eastwood, and Hollywood types are destroying Eastwood. "Oh, Clint! What's happened to poor old Clint? Oh, he looks like he's got Alzheimer's. Oh, no. Did you see how old Clint was? He didn't even know where he was." They were dumping all over Eastwood, and you know why? Because they can't hit Romney, and they've gotta hit something. But Romney's speech doesn't have a whole lot hittable in it. Oh, they were sending out their e-mails last night. We're on their mailing lists. Every five or ten minutes, they were sending out e-mails asking for three bucks. The various Democratic fundraising organizations were asking for three bucks. "That Paul Ryan, he lied through his teeth and now Romney? He's lying through his teeth!" But that stuff is pro forma. The target that Eastwood's become... By the way, let me tell you something. Eastwood succeeded in getting under Obama's skin.

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August 15, 2012

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Mark Belling is guest-hosting for Rush today… On the hand-wringing of inside-the-beltway Republican election consultants over Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for his VP…

I’m not going to say that every consultant is an idiot. They have these jobs for a reason, and some of them have pretty good track records. But what they’re really really good at doing is the same thing over and over again. What they aren’t very good at is actually seeing the future. I believe the Romney choice of Ryan enhances his chances of winning. I believe we are at a stage right now where you have millions of Americans who are more engaged than they have ever been. I believe this is going to work.

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August 8, 2012

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On the 2012 Presidential election…

We are in the middle of a political terrorism campaign. This is political terrorism, what's going on. Romney is a felon. Romney is a tax cheat. Romney kills women with cancer. Romney founded Bain Capital with money from right-wing death squads in El Salvador. Romney wants to rob from the middle class and give to the rich. Even though he's the father of five, Romney wants to starve children, he wants to foul the water, poison the air, and he's the head of the E. coli club.

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August 13, 2012

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On Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate…

I was praying that at some point this campaign becomes one of ideology, one of ideas, one of principles, not just policy analysis, not just Electoral College analysis, but principles and ideas. I think they work. I think they have the ability, properly articulated, to be persuasive. And we have perhaps the best Republican to do that in Paul Ryan. I think the pick signals that the decision was made somewhere that we're going to go head first up against. We're not gonna skirt it with a traditional campaign. We're gonna take it straight to them and we're gonna win or we're gonna lose articulating exactly who we are and exactly what we believe and exactly what our vision for America is.

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July 18, 2012

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On the political pressure Mitt Romney faces from Democrats and some Republicans to release more of his tax returns…

I hope Romney is keeping track of who, on our side, is caving to Obama’s demands. I hope he understands it’s the Tea Party sticking by him, and not the establishment Republicans. I hope Romney understands that it’s the Tea Party and the conservative base that is supporting him on this tax return issue. That it’s the Republican establishment and their associated media allies which are trying to acquiesce to demands from the Obama campaign from the White House. This is not commonplace politics. This is not going to make the issue go away. All these guys want the issue to go away… They don’t understand that all it’ll do is amplify the tax issue, the wealth issue, and give Obama and Democrats hundreds of thousands of pages of stuff to lie about, to distort… how this is not understood is peculiar to me.




July 13, 2012

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On President Obama’s Executive Order abolishing the work-requirement for welfare recipients…

Have you seen it reported anywhere? Have you seen the media even celebrating it? Have you seen any Democrat go on television and talk about – “Hey! Guess what, we have reformed welfare reform, and we’ve taken the [work] requirement [out]!” Have you seen any story on this? You haven’t. It’s not part of the narrative. The narrative is “What’s Romney doing with his money?” The narrative is “When did Romney leave Bain?” The narrative is “Romney’s a felon.” The narrative is “Condoleezza Rice, who is, pro-choice, [is] gonna be Romney’s VP.” All the while those diversions are going on, the Barack Obama Administration is gutting, at every opportunity they have, the basic foundations and fiber of this country.

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July 11, 2012

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On liberal accusations that Mitt Romney’s wealth makes him out of touch with normal Americans…

Remind me again – why is being successful as a direct result of your own hard work and education a negative? Why is being successful tantamount to being out of touch? In this country in the American media, the American Left, being successful is out of touch, and that’s a problem. Being successful? Is out of touch? Being successful means you don’t know what people are going through? Being successful means you don’t know about suffering? Being successful means you don’t know about the unsuccessful. Lookit. FDR and the Kennedys were hereditary millionaires… lucky sperm club, they just had to grow up. John Kerry – the haughty John Kerry (who served in Vietnam) – married into his fortune. It’s his wife that owns the houses… The Kennedys, FDR, grew into it. Lucky sperm club. Romney, however, is out of touch, and doesn’t care. Why? ‘cause he worked in the private sector? Because he played by the rules? Because he’s got some bank accounts in the Cayman Islands? Well so does Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz, as it turns out. In fact even the U.S. Government has foreign investments in all of these places.

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July 9, 2012

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On what it will take for Mitt Romney to win the election…

Romney is gonna have to start treating Obama the same way he did Newt and Santorum, folks. He’s gonna have to do that… Romney has got to realize that running a campaign on traditional American values is not enough. Sad to say. That’s the hard, cold reality. Simply running around and telling people he’s gonna fix the economy – “What? What are you gonna do with the economy? Yeah we all know it stinks – what are you gonna do? What’s the plan?” … 59 points? Can you tell me three of them? You can’t. So don’t tell me there’s 59 points. He may as well have zero, you can’t tell me what any of ‘em are. Big whoop. It’s not enough to say you’re gonna repeal Obamacare. Because there’s no accompanying talk from Republicans in congress that have similar type energy. This has to be about Obama. This campaign has to be about Obama and Romney’ll have to look at Obama the way he tarred Newt and the way he tarred Santorum… But Obama’s not black, he’s not Martian, he’s not white. He’s the Destructor and he’s gotta be stopped! In order for the country to be the country Romney thinks it is. This guy, I don’t care what his race is. It’s all about policy. It’s all about a program of economic destruction that cannot be an accident.

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June 15, 2012

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On the Obama administration’s ongoing re-election strategies…

They’re just throwing everything up against the wall, hoping something’s gonna stick out there… First, war on churches. Second, create, as part of it, a phony Republican war on women. Then go after Mitt Romney, Bain Capital. Then come out for gay marriage. And now – don’t deport the young illegals, give ‘em work permits. What’s that gonna do to the unemployment number? Are we gonna count ‘em, looking for work, or not? If we don’t, the number won’t change. If we do, the number will go up. What’s it gonna do to those of you trying to get work, to learn that 800,000 new illegals are in the job market, who’ll work cheaper than you do? And what’s next, is home mortgages, and student loans. Those are the next two things that are gonna fall, throw it up against the– You watch!


June 4, 2012

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On Obama missing John McCain as an election opponent…

So here’s Obama, in a tough fight with Romney, longing for McCain. Now what does that tell you? He wants a guaranteed loser. He wants a Republican that’s gonna compromise his core beliefs and agree with Obama. He wants somebody who’s gonna cave. And he’s unhappy Romney is not caving.


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May 11, 2012

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On media reports that Mitt Romney was a bully in high school in the 60s…

This is what I know. Mitt Romney was not at Chappaquiddick. Mitt Romney has not been accused of rape. Mitt Romney did not have an affair with a mob babe, he didn’t have an affair with an actress who committed suicide later on. Mitt Romney did not father a child out of wedlock. Mitt Romney did not support the tapping of Martin Luther King’s phone. Mitt Romney was never a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Mitt Romney did not lie about his law school grades. Chappaquiddick is Ted Kennedy. Accused of rape is Bill Clinton. Affair with a mob babe, and an actress – John Kennedy. Didn’t father a child out of wedlock – that’s John Edwards and Democrats too numerous to mention. Didn’t support the tapping of Martin Luther King’s phone – that’s Robert Kennedy. Never a member of the Ku Klux Klan – that’s Robert Byrd. Didn’t lie about his law school grades – that’s Joe Biden. All Democrats – and all of those Democrats did those things well after high school. And Obama even wrote in his book – “Dreams From My Father” – how he bullied a young girl. And he hasn’t even apologized.


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March 2, 2012

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On the pessimism in the Republican establishment about denying Obama a second term…

As a practical matter, it helps to have a fight over the Presidency to ensure victories in the House and Senate – how are these House and Senate victories gonna happen if attitudinally you think you’ve lost the Presidential race? What is the campaign – what would the consultants say – the way to win the Senate is to go out and say to the American [people] – “Look we know, that we’re not going to beat Obama, and therefore, we still have to find a way to stop him. And that’s what we need you for. We need you, and your money and your votes to vote for your Republican Senate candidate and your House candidate.” Is that the campaign? Well obviously not – even if somewhere in the bowels of the RNC they actually decide to proceed on the assumption that Obama can’t be beat. They obviously will not say so publicly but the fact that they believe it will have to have some impact attitudinally on the campaign. Do they have a meeting with Romney or Santorum – whoever gets the nomination – “By the way, we really know you can’t win this – and we’re going to be behind you! We’re gonna fight for you… but we really need your help here in shoring up the House and maybe winning the Senate.” Now how does that happen? How do you run a Presidential campaign when your head you have conceded, while at the same time campaigning to win the Senate and hold the House? Maybe there are expert consultants who can tell me this.


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February 1, 2012

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On statements made by Mitt Romney which are likely to be taken out of context by the media…

Okay. “I like firing people.” “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” Both of them – if they’re standalones, and taken out of context – are big problems. And they indicate a problem. Taken in context – which isn’t going to happen, with the drive-by media – taken in context, it’s understandable. But I even have a problem with this in context. “I’m not worried about the poor – we got a safety [net].” The safety net is one of the biggest cultural problems we’ve got. We had better be worried about it, just like we had better get angry over Obamacare. Obamacare is worth getting mad about. Mitt said that it wasn’t. This business – “I’m not worried about the very poor, we got a safety net there.” Right. The safety net is contributing to the destruction of their humanity and their futures.

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January 30, 2012

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On complaints about negative campaigning in the Florida Republican primary…

I am getting tired of the whining about negative campaigning. I’m getting tired of the whining from everybody… What in the world is politics? What is it, if not this? Saying something to the Gingrich people here. Newt … Newt is really caught up in this notion that Romney is saying things about him that aren’t true. I’m telling you, I’m having a tough time relating to being upset about that as someone who is routinely lied about every day and has been for 25 years. It comes with the territory.

January 27, 2012

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On the debate clash last night between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum over Obamacare…

Mitt Romney, in the debate last night, said “All of this talk about health care is not worth getting angry about.” And yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is. It is worth getting angry about, it is worth being angry about, and it’s worth staying angry about… Santorum said “We can’t afford to give away this issue.” We can’t afford for the issue of Obamacare to be subordinated to anything else that’s being discussed up there.

January 11, 2012

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On the party establishment’s cold feet now that Mitt Romney seems to be locking up the Republican presidential nomination…

Here in the establishment there are now qualms. Up until today, they’ve been telling us we only have a chance with Romney. The only way we can win. The only guy who can win is Romney. Today – “Well, that’s if all the Republicans show up – that may not happen.” When did that realization hit? … I’m telling you – the establishment’s now saying “Wait a minute, what have we done?” … Sorry, I’m not trying to stir anything up here, but this has been the model candidate. This is the guy they’ve all been pushing. Now all of a sudden… What does this mean? Why are they saying this? I’ll tell you what it is. One word, that explains this. It’s passion. There just doesn’t seem to be any.

January 6, 2012

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On which Republican candidate Obama would prefer to run against…

You think they don’t want to run against Romney? So you’ve got Romney advisors that were hijacked to help put together Obamacare, and now you’ve got Obama who’s about to institute a mortgage-refinance plan that is the idea of a Romney advisor. And yet we’re being told – “They’re scared to run against Romney, they really don’t want to run against Romney.” I don’t see it that way.

January 4, 2012

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On the Republican primary race after the Iowa caucus (in which Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum tied for first place)…

Perry said last night he was going to head back to Texas for prayer, and reflection, to figure out what he should do next. Because he spent a lot of money in Iowa, and it didn’t translate to votes. And the theory is that if money didn’t translate to votes in Iowa, then it may not translate to votes anywhere else. And is it worth going into debt. Does he have a high enough base here to pull off what now would be a miracle. I hope he stays in. ‘cause I told you I like Perry. And I like Santorum. And I told you countless times I know, either one of those guys, and I said this about Bachmann as well – if any of them are elected President, I know, I have no doubt whatsoever, they are gonna be fighting for this country each and every day. No doubt whatsoever.

October 24, 2011

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On George F. Will’s comparison of Mitt Romney to Michael Dukakis…

It’s a profound insult to equate Romney with Dukakis and to say that the Republican party is happy with Romney, just as Democrats were with Dukakis. Woah! Now that may be true… we know that some of the so-called conservatives in the inside-the-beltway conservative media do believe in a big government, and an “active” executive, as they refer to the President… and they also believe that we Republicans and conservatives must support big government because the people, the voters, are signaling that’s what they want. We just must do it smarter. And so they’re looking at Romney as the steward. This is Will’s point. “Hey this guy’s a technocrat, this guy’s a policy wonk, this guy can do it.” And when George F. Will says that Romney’s not ideological, just like Dukakis wasn’t, what he’s essentially saying here is that Romney’s not conservative. He’s a technocrat. A policy guy. Which he is. But Dukakis, I say, was an active statist. When you think about it a technocrat is a statist because his selling point is that he can make the big government apparatus run more efficiently, which is what the David Brookses and his buddies on our side in the conservative media claim to support. And that’s the new definition of a Republican moderate.

October 12, 2011

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On Rick Perry’s performance on last night’s Republican presidential debate…

Rick Perry managed to make himself disappear last night, like he was an A-List magician in Las Vegas, in the debate. I don’t know if he is finished after last night, but … I like his basic message. I like Perry’s basic message. But I don’t know that he knows yet how to run for President, run for the office of President… he was just too passive, last night, and I know maybe the thinking is “Let’s be calm and cool, collected, and exude an aura of confidence, an aura of ‘I belong here’.” But there needs to be some energy. Perry needed to dominate last night. Somebody needed to hit Mitt Romney in the back with his advisors show up at the White House on three different occasions to advise Obama’s people on implementing Obamacare. I thought it’d be a natural for Perry to do that. Or for Newt. Or any of them. Herman Cain. It did not happen. He needed to dominate and he didn’t dominate last night.