(Ted Rall’s website)
WaPo reports that “the debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, will air on NBC at 9 p.m. ET in the place of “Rock Center”. Tampa is also the site of the GOP convention in August, which I suspect will be mentioned once or twice. Livestreaming via NBC.com or the Tampa Bay Times.
Richard Adams’ Guardian liveblog (actually) here.
(NBC feed just crashed my desktop — twice)
Balloon Juice is loading really, really slowly for me. And since Brian Williams, to his credit, is keeping the audience in line & the freak-show factor down, we are able to discern that stripped of easy applause lines for the bigots and xenophobes, the standing Republican candidates are really, really boring.
From the Guardian:
9:33pm: It’s on to Newt Gingrich’s contract with Freddie Mac. Here’s one thing Gingrich wants to get across: he did not do any lobbying for Freddie Mac. But did you peddle influence? asks Williams? “I think it’s pretty clear to say I never did any lobbying,” says Gingrich.
Romney jumps in to ridicule Gingrich’s previous nonsense claim to have been hired as an historian. Gingrich is putting on his “judging face”.
“I offered strategic advice, based on my knowedge of history,” he responds . Oh do come on.
9.30pm: “I’m proud of the fact that I paid a lot of taxes,” says Mitt Romney, and goes on to say he’s “paid all the taxes legally required,” which is still not a great answer. He still hasn’t got on top of this an issue. His well-paid consultants just aren’t coming up with the goods.
John Podhoretz @jpodhoretz
So on stage–a one-term governor; a guy who quit the speakership; a guy who lost by 18 points; and a lunatic.
For some reason – a cock-up it seems – Rick Santorum is given free reign to defend Mitt Romney and capitalism.
Yeah, Santorum’s running for Willard’s VP.
Comment of the night:
MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson – January 23, 2012 | 10:17 pm
You know, take away the enraged racist mob from Newt Gingrich and you end up with a short, fat, ignorant and incredibly boring asshole.