Hmmm. Interesting debate Saturday evening, even if it was on ABC. It seemed to me that Mitt Romney was a little off his game. Since he won’t do the smart thing and just say his Romneycare for Massachusetts was a bad idea, the subject continues to come up. Rick Perry called him on it again during the debate.
After giving a meandering reponse about how Romneycare differed from Obamacare, and arguing about what was and wasn’t in his book, Romney turned to Perry and said, I’ll betcha $10,000. Perry wisely responded that he isn’t a betting man. Perry for the win.
“Perry: I’m hearing you say all the right things. But I read your first book and it said in there that your mandate in Massachusetts, which should be the model for the country — I know it came out of the reprint of the book, but, you know, I’m just saying, you were for individual mandates, my friend.
Romney: You know what, you’ve raised that before, Rick. and you’re wrong.
Perry: It was true then, it’s true now
Romney: Rick, I’ll tell you what, 10,000 bucks, $10,000 bet.
Perry: I’m not in the betting business.”
The guy with the big checkbook tried to win an argument by challenging the up from hard scrabble Rick Perry. Mr. Establishment flashing his roll. . . that was just tacky. I guess the heat from the Gingrich surge and a rebooted Governor Perry are taking a toll on the supposedly unflappable Mitt Romney.
Oh, this just in. Alarm bells are sounding at the RNC.