"We're having that right now."

12 Sep 2011

On The Atlantic, Major Garrett recalls a moment from the Tea-Party Debate:

Romney pressed. “Do you still believe Social Security should be ended as a federal program as you did six months ago when your book came out and returned to the states? Or do you want to retreat from that?”

“I think we should have a conversation,” Perry responded.

“We’re having that right now, governor,” retorted Romney. “We’re running for president.”

It is far too soon to tell who the Republicans are going to nominate for the 2012 Presidential Election. Truth be told, I’m not close to a point where I care–and I have studied this stuff and written papers on the topic. When you get down to it, I have serious doubts that starting the debates this early will result in a net positive for any of the candidate.

But, every now and then, there are comments and quips, like Governor Romney’s, that elevate the discourse ever so slightly above monkeys flinging feces at each other.1

  1. I feel obligated to mention they’re not yet running for President. Technically, they’re running for the nomination to run for President. Not as smooth a sound-byte though…