Political panel: Romney's not been a victim of the mud bath Gingrich is taking
Todd Domke and Joe Malone are assessing the Romney-Gingrich showdown
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Lamar Republican -- as you can see sporting the Mitt Romney open collar look them up and gives it way. Former state treasurer Joseph Malone Republican consultant and occasional calls both -- -- -- funny the other day that he talked obstinacy gentlemen. You know a minute ago Rick Perry actually got -- center Felton made his point that he mentioned that that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney both supported. The troubled asset relief for the -- thank me don't want to approach our Turks and reds they dot com pretty big deal Republican circles. For the better part of last three years Republican party's exercise itself in -- frenzy over the need to repeal obamacare. The individual mandate and -- draw the ire of scores of primary voters. And -- two front runners for president they both support the individual mandate and they both supported -- how does happen. Well it was unexpected we expect there to me. A more considerable time tomorrow and it does seem like we have to establishment Perry Jones the two sports here. Can -- just an average Republican on the street John Malone. They -- rail against what they call about everything the average -- especially individual mandate government forcing us to do something that's weather -- Supreme Court challenges. Both these guys won in his home state and the other one across the sports supporters individually. Let's take Rob -- and he has said we tried it Massachusetts. The other 49 states ought to -- laboratories come up with what works best for them I'm not taking it to Washington and that's good enough for Republicans in the case of Newt Gingrich is that was 25 years ago when Heritage Foundation was supporting I don't sporting. Well I think it's not good enough for Romney because he should -- were having some world troubles. With Romney care in this -- -- the idea -- works beautifully here but elsewhere it doesn't that's not really flying what is the. The biggest figure problems you -- to get back you just want that is the biggest problem facing. Mitt Romney and in the race it seems the reality is what all the pundits that predicament it's amazing they were right everyone would rise a little bit and and they -- all of it the last man standing at least as of tonight as we sit here. His Mitt Romney what's the greatest threat for him within the primary thing forgot the finals. Well the real -- Romney is that at some point there will be one. Main conservative alternative not counting -- -- -- -- your thoughts running away -- little of that you know keep tapping -- that they surged ahead of -- but if a few awful at Iowa and then a New Hampshire and it goes some place like South Carolina it's hard to see how Romney wins -- -- line is that your shake your head up and under recruited him I do. But there's also his voter's remorse on the Republican side that seems to creep and every time someone appears to be a front runner and right now Mitt Romney with two weeks ago before Iowa and then -- -- before or New Hampshire. May end up looking like the guy who's gonna win with that much time to go in and all the guns pointed on him from his -- -- -- there's been a good thing -- pointer on him reality. He has not been the victim on the kind of mud bath that Gingrich has taken what I like Barrett is good equipment to the -- of millions of dollars with a negative it's unprecedented in an -- -- political history that especially in a small caucus state -- small primary day. To have millions of dollars of negative -- All against one candidate we've never say well. Think but the bottom line and they including that of that from the super pac I think most of you would agree. But after everybody was predicting they'd be the demise have been -- -- If he wins -- which he wasn't a matter for awhile and then takes his second home stay in Hampshire it was South Carolina column -- in the catbird seat enough. In fact even if he doesn't win Iowa when Ron Paul does he still in the catbird seat because his operation is built for the long -- I have to say I understand the New Hampshire only thing. Every this is essentially where he lives and I know he lives in the Belmont or wherever they move now but he -- home of -- what purpose or if he doesn't win. Is bordering states not just when he has to win mind you double digits I mean this is not only -- -- summer home but he has been campaigning for president for -- -- yeah I don't know -- -- -- -- but I thought I don't know but I'm saying he's got to win New Hampshire and Iowa so everything is cut so yes we what is New Hampshire and by the way that it's discounted at his home state but he's gonna move on from there you're going. Couple minutes go -- -- you guys what's -- duel and would happily enough yet Todd Duncan said a couple of minutes got another one arise is there another one -- either in the race. Like the I mean you're close to Busch for Miami and your partner or you're not -- bush and I think that I -- whenever somebody else who looked like you. Okay so Jeb Bush is being talked up in terms of the outside world in the inside world -- santorum's -- shot. Jon Huntsman as they would be a great final candidate in the did not great pride is there one more riser was the Gingrich was deal the only -- Figure out playing out which is if if Mitt Romney is so unacceptable and the self that -- -- -- Santorum could become the alternative to -- in there are indications that southern states I'm gonna vote for row Romney in the Florida may not vote for on the front. As of today's top Rasmussen has him winning. Not for me not restless and another poll has him winning. In Iowa and he's constantly a solid third would very steady support. The New Hampshire if you pick the number one or number two out there and takes let's say number two through number three in the Hampshire. Is tip of an afterlife for now. I think he has a ceiling on his support something like maybe -- 25% Romney appears that a civil rights record in his case that it becomes a two person race and Romney as much like to see happening I could see -- surprise surge in Iowa for some electric -- form I can succeed a surprise surge. That's I think that's going on right now for Huntsman at New Hampshire and then if we don't have a clear new consider alternate -- in South Carolina we could see Rick Perry make him stand. The one name doesn't have Michelle Bachmann talked is that wonderment yours does not happen and confident. I think Michelle Bachmann suffers from the fact that she's a member of congress which is very low ratings and she's not proceed as someone who could administer presidential office speaking of members of congress are very low -- they currently it's rated 11% and some you -- me more than 11% were proven by them. The Wall Street Journal doesn't editorial -- the year title which is GOP a circular firing apartment. The GOP's payroll tax for Estrada Republicans managed to lose. The tax issue Obama talk about John barriers. Aperture essentially saying we're not doing this two month extension of -- long term unemployment and the federal flex. Causing taxes go up for a 154. Million Americans in exactly eleven days. Is this not the dumbest move by Republicans in congress ever it's actually the principled thing and it's I think Expos won't -- my principal race -- -- -- -- everybody's idea vice city you're gonna give you sixty days of a tax cut and that's supposed to enhance our lottery position during the sixty days you make it 365. Days. If the alternative is no tax cut at all. I'll take two months old and would like -- -- to beat him to a right in the first place -- twelve month because they're eleven days like that -- some you know what Barack Obama is one of his great lines of butcher but was something like. You don't let perfection -- a -- obstacle -- so because ultimately this is what's. Probably the public -- compromise after Christmas before new years but here's the deal. The Republicans at. -- adrenaline and a box the appeal part bad communications by speaker Boehner. That the white house with a lot of it goes about it in a lot of help a lot of help from the media and usually we don't see this little soft ground all that your response I would have -- Republican up routes trying to -- -- Literally trying to win now. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- He's trash of the Republican. Advantage in a major focus of that hill it was it in the payroll tax as I see it it was a Keystone Pipeline which could have been a modern day Brooklyn Bridge in terms of lifting America spirits bringing more revenues in the -- of the doctors. 27%. Of their income held out for the long term unemployed or lose forty weeks of up to honestly and tell. Well there yeah well they could start with the gentler looked to be done Jim I want you remember. -- future -- liberals arguing that tax cuts and stimulate the economy is this is new. And that's different well -- excused him I'll throw back you. And Republicans say they told Grover Norquist the man they -- down do that they will never support tax increase. If the payroll tax expires out of tax increase -- weren't going to be that's. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- A that we if you stop an average person streak including Republicans only. Instead he wanted to month extension until they're they're all horrible people of Washington. We hate them all you want them give it to -- -- or take a chance there's -- what do think you are Republicans gonna say. I'll take my two months what we already know that because they don't trust because of the president to make it happen but ultimately this economy. You know will be a judgment on what others hold you responsible -- each other. I'm you know -- only -- a black hole it's ridiculous. Call it we it is not -- you know we're never doing things to me -- are -- able to tunnel. Do you vote because you actually I think about. How about your heels over where it's.