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It took about 17 debates before the truth came out about politicians and debates, when Newt Gingrich looked Mitt Romney straight in the eye and said, "let's cut the pious baloney" meaning that Mr. Romney was not above the fray because like everyone else on the stage, he is a career politician. I don't know why it took so long, but the others may be seeing the handwriting on a wall. Some of the remaining candidates are jockeying to be placed on Romney's VP short list. In the Saturday night's ABC debate, the challengers barely laid a glove on the front runner, but they finally realized that they must step up their game because, if Romney wins New Hampshire and South Carolina; it's over. It'll be like the New England Patriots racking up 40 points on their opponent in the first quarter and then running out the clock. The only things I hear the pundits talking about is whether Mitt Romney will get 35% or 40% of the vote in New Hampshire and will Ron Paul run as a third-party candidate. This is a concern because evangelical leaders are meeting in Texas this week to try to persuade some conservative alternatives to Mitt Romney to step aside and let someone like Rick Santorum challenge Mitt Romney. I may be wrong, but I think the idea that some Christian leaders are trying to influence an election should jeopardize their tax-exempt status.

I think the biggest revelation to come out of Saturday's ABC debate was that Rick Perry wanted to resend our troops back to Iraq. Rick Perry didn't have very many opportunities to speak ( and he was glad of it) but when he did, it was a doozy. The other highlight was when Ron Paul was asked about his controversial letters, and he drifted off the question and said that Martin Luther King was his hero. Huh? Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich dismissed accusations by Ron Paul by saying that he was a serial liar without really saying it. They pointed out that in his long career, Ron Paul has submitted about 600 bills, four of them were voted on and only one passed. They were implying that Ron Paul was a lone wolf with his own agenda and not a team player. Why is this news?

The candidates must've tossed and turned Saturday night because they came into Sunday’s "Meet the Press" debate loaded for bear. The candidate pounced on Mitt Romney saying he was akin to a corporate raider rather than a CEO of a private equity company. I thought that Jon Huntsman made the statement of the debate (nine hours too late) when he baited Romney into attacking him for serving his country as the ambassador to China under the Obama Administration saying, " Let me say — let me say, first of all, with respect to Governor Romney, you know, there are a lot of people who are tuning in this morning. And I’m sure they’re terribly confused after watching all of this political spin up here. I was criticized last night by Governor Romney for putting my country first.

And I just wanna remind the people here in New Hampshire and throughout the United States that I think — he criticized me while he was out raising money for serving my country in China. Yes, under a Democrat. Like my two sons are doing in the United States Navy. They’re not asking who — what political affiliation the president is. I wanna be very clear with the people here in New Hampshire and this country. I will always put my country first. And I think that’s important to them"...He later pointed a finger at Romney and told the audience " That is the reason this nation is so divided."

The pious baloney remains because I think everyone knows that Mitt Romney is a moderate Republican, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him come out wearing a tri cornered hat with tea bags hanging off the sides and reciting "America the Beautiful" when he heads to South Carolina. I don't blame the Republicans for not trusting him. He'll morph into anything you want to be, until he gets the nomination. I have to admit Mitt is running a professional campaign. The truth is, first time national candidates like Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum will make some rookie mistakes when the nationwide spotlight is on them. What they or their spouses say are not lies; it's just that they have so many handlers telling them what to say and do, that they can't always be themselves. The funniest thing that I heard coming out of Iowa was the use of teleprompters. The right mocked Obama for always using one claiming he was not intelligent but in reality, he knew the subject but his niche is delivery. They were so scared of their own rhetoric, so they instructed Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum not the use a teleprompter to give their victory or concession speech. Rick Santorum gave a great speech but Mitt, and Newt fell flat.... It's all about delivery, good or bad. We all remember Howard Deans off tele-prompter speech and Obama's 2008 speech that shook the rafters at the Target Center in Minneapolis.