Rich Galen

 

Pre-Debate:

Generally: The President finally got around to sending his Jobs Bill up to the Hill today. In spite of the early betting it is almost all paid for with higher taxes on: people making over $200,000; hedge fund managers; oil and gas companies; and, corporate jets. The candidates' staffs spend the afternoon looking for any language in the bill which will draw applause or derisive laughter from the audience.

Candidates:

Bachmann: This is do-or-die for Rep. Michelle Bachmann. Since the departure of Ed Rollins (which the campaign called a "planned reorganization" the campaign has simply disappeared. If she doesn't get back into the conversation tonight, the bank account will empty out and the campaign will dribble to an end.

Cain: Businessman Herman Cain will attempt to show he knows more in this debate about the world than he did in the last debate - when he showed he knew more than he did in the debate previous to that. He can't stop himself from sounding like he's leading a sales meeting "My 9-9-9 program …" He needs to step up another level or go away.

Gingrich: Newt's plan is obvious: Attack whoever is asking the questions. Get a big cheer from the audience. Raise $10 - 25,000 from donors on the strength of that applause line and live to spend another week on the campaign trail.

Huntsman: Gov. John Huntsman was far better last week in the Reagan Library debate than in his first appearance in Ames, Iowa. His problem is he is a Republican of moderate social beliefs with an expertise in foreign policy in an election cycle where Republicans appear to be looking for ideological purity and a passion for domestic economics.

Paul: Much as it pains me to say it, Rep. Ron Paul will stay in this thing all the way to the parade's next trip to Tampa - for the GOP National Convention. It is obvious there is not much love lost between Texans Paul and Perry so Paul will continue to nip at Perry's heels. Paul can't win, but he can be a constant distraction to Perry.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.