I watched more of it than I had intended and Romney's performance was the reason. He still stammers over his points too much and sometimes that ever present benevolent smile gets under my skin, but it's nice to know he can muster some spunk with the proper tutelage.
Newt is another case and I've been waiting to see if it would ever happen. He pouts when someone gets the best of him and he whines. Can you imagine that demeanor when dealing with world leaders? I'd much rather have a pleasant, smiling face representing us. Sincere or not is for them to figure out.
Then too there are the wives. Both Mrs. Romney and the current Mrs. Gingrich have the worldliness to carry if off I expect. Mrs. Gingrich has been around Washington forever and Mrs. Romney has been around Mitt. I wouldn't anticipate either of them getting too familiar with the Queen nor asking the French to open a department store for a shopping spree.
Every election cycle I spend at least one post on the wives. This might as well be it. I've often felt a pang of pain for the wives of politicians who stand by the side of a sinning spouse. The pain is palpable. I have never understood why they do it and I cheered when Jenny Sanford, wife of the former governor of South Carolina didn't. If I remember correctly she had already taken the kids and moved out. On the other hand I had little sympathy for Elizabeth Edwards because she was so wonderfully supportive of his presidential bid knowing full well of his infidelity. I'm old fashioned that way, I'll admit. Maybe it comes from being married for a very long time and having survived all the twists and turns along the way. And loving the man more today than yesterday because we did it together.
Now I look at the wives of the front runners and see two entirely different women. Mrs. Romney strikes me as warm and friendly and strong. One has to be if married to a politician and though he prefers to be called a 'businessman' he is a politician. In my fantasy world Mitt would give her no reason to doubt his fidelity.
Mrs. Gingrich on the other hand is a different story. Fidelity means nothing to her since she was involved with Newt when he asked his then wife for an open marriage. She is always impeccably groomed yet their is a coldness about her. I thought the same of Cindy McCain. Neither are the type you would greet with a hug. Something might get mussed.
The big thing that matters to me, though, is that fidelity issue. You see, the current Mrs. Gingrich brought just as much pain to the former Mrs. as did her husband. Just looking at Newt, and he hasn't changed all that much over the years, I don't see her attraction to him as likely being of unquenchable passion as much as a relationship of notoriety, position and privilege.
I may be too harsh in my assessment. That being said, all I see when I look at them is a pair of hypocrites when it comes to their faith and their marriage. That being the case I'd rather not have them in my house. It is mine you know - and yours.