There is yet another GOP debate starting at 8pm tonight, this time in Las Vegas, and CNN, as co-sponsor, will be “carrying it live”. (I count 13 more, after this, and that’s just between November and April 2012.) Since I was tragically wrong in my predictions for the last debate (no beercans were thrown), I will instead share the advice of a much wiser and more politically astute commentor, Charlie Pierce at Esquire:
Call me Kreskin, but I predict that one Robert S. Halper very well may come up in tonight’s Republican debate. The question is, of course, whether anyone is deft enough to hang him around Mitt Romney’s neck. So far, they haven’t been able to make Romney pay a serious price in the polls for having invented Obamacare — Yes, you did, Mitt. I was here. Remember? By the way, that DiMasi guy who helped you pass the thing in the legislature back in ’06? You might want to drop him a card. — and this one seems a bit arcane for a soundbite. Rick Perry’s too stumped by conventional English to do it, and I think Herman Cain’s going to have enough problems. My money’s on Newt, who’s the most accomplished backstabber since the O’Jay’s. It’s his one true political calling, and Newt’s one of the few Republicans not currently crawfishing on his previous loathing of the Occupy movement….