As bad as the original interview was, Romney’s reaction simply confirms the perception that Romney will have trouble in a general election. If he can’t handle totally legitimate questions from Baier, and his team will not let him appear before the Center Seat panel, then how will he hold up when the media and Team Obama gang up on him?
Newt Gingrich, by contrast, had a great interview on Hannity last night. (Newt previously appeared on Center Seat.) It’s well worth watching the whole thing (video at bottom of post).
There simply is no other candidate running who has the command of the issues, the vision of how to take on Obama, and the ability to communicate a positive message. On Hannity, Newt gave a commanding performance before an audience of two million people, plus a lot more when the interview is run in pieces on news shows.
Mitt Romney’s campaign is planning it’s attack on Newt, figuring its bank account and organization will prevail:
Romney’s strategists are gaming out scenarios. They say they understand the risk that, in a multi-candidate field, any attack they make against Gingrich could boomerang to hurt Romney and help a third candidate.
Taking on Gingrich is “going to be a process,” one adviser said. “It’s not going to be an overnight kind of a thing, unless he steps in it. But he seems less likely than the others to do that.”
Across the country, many of Romney’s donors and political supporters said there is no sense of panic over Gingrich. Romney’s network takes comfort in the great financial and organizational advantages that he has amassed to help him survive a potentially grueling nomination fight.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men may not be enough for Romney.
Video of Newt’s interview on Hannity via Right Scoop.
Update: Considering Romney’s refusal to appear on Center Seat and moaning about the questions about his record, this headline is particularly ironic – Romney: Obama will ‘cower’ from debating his record