Mitt Romney suggested in today’s debate that only rich people should run for office, and then quickly celebrated the fact that he’d forced a rival to take out a loan against his house. Romney said his father, Michigan Governor George Romney, had told him, “Mitt, never get involved in politics if you have to win an election to pay a mortgage.” – Romney: Politics For The Rich

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Ladies, we’ve arrived, the last two times I tried to watch the video above, the ads running before it were for Olay and Cover Girl. Hopefully they’ll get their act together so you can see the whole Meet the Press debate because right now it’s hit and miss. ([update] Video working great now.)

It’s news that after neutering themselves in 14 other debates, the GOP wannabes on stage with Mitt Romney during the stellar Meet the Press (transcript here) debate finally decide to take him on. Unfortunately, when Newt Gingrich tried it he started off by whining about time keeping, then when he served up an attack on Romney’s Super PAC Mitt had an answer that unpacked every single charge against Gingrich, all of which were true.

But after those first 30 minutes, Romney’s rivals mostly stopped their criticism. In fact, the entire debate was a metaphor for the entire GOP campaign — piling on Romney lost its steam. Collectively, the group just doesn’t seem to know how to sustain the attack, and that explains why Romney is ahead now and why he is getting closer and closer to becoming a “de facto” nominee. (Romney also did a pretty good job of parrying the attacks that came his way.) – NBC First Read

The other important thing about the debates, last night vs. this morning, was the difference between ABC’s ineffectual, blundering attempt versus David Gregory’s tour de force moderation. The comparison is nothing but brutal, especially where Ms. Sawyer is concerned. Gregory’s questions and pacing were simply in a different league.

That all ended the instant NBC handed the “analysis” over to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who had Howard Fineman and Eugene Robinson on as his first guests. What then followed was an unexpected moment.

Romney mouthpiece, former Gov. John Sununu, blasted Matthews from the moment the pro-Obama former newsman handed the focus over to him.

“Reveling & wallowing.. Stop being ridiculous … You guys have an agenda” – John Sununu

They sure do and it’s not providing viewers with information so they can make up their minds without being spoon fed talking points that support one candidate over another.

Just because Fox News Channel is bought and paid for by Republican hacks doesn’t excuse MSNBC from offering the bookend for Democrats.

The real question is why can’t CNN capitalize on their competition’s obvious cheerleading coverage for one party over another at a time when both big two parties are losing affiliated voters, with independents sick of everyone picking sides over offering facts and truth?

People are so used to so-called political analysts picking a side they can’t recognize truth or facts when offered, with the messenger always getting blamed. It’s one thing to openly declare a conservative or liberal bias, but pimping for one politician over another is nakedly dishonest.

It was important to see Mitt Romney finally challenged, but it was way too little way too late to be able to do the job. He’s on a roll, but more importantly, he’s got confidence and has his talking points down so that he’s now become the teflon frontrunner.

However, as you’ll see from the story at the top of the page, Mitt Romney just can’t help telling the truth about his life, which often reveals his 1% privilege, which when compared to Pres. Obama’s up from his bootstraps biography is decidedly elite.

Conservatives missed their chance by not having a representative candidate to challenge Romney from the start. But people like Jim Demint are also to blame, because he didn’t want to be bothered with the responsibility of backing a right wing conservative that might lose.

“I want to do whatever I can to convince my colleagues that Sen. Santorum is the right man,” Bauer told The Hill late Saturday afternoon. – The Hill

Now it’s simply too late.