What was the title on that show again?
Does that suggest anything about the job description in terms of the material presented? Would you expect the network to be using the show time to present long hard objective looks at significant issues of the day?
There is a difference between news and professional wrestling on many channels, but on Fox it's increasingly difficult to locate. In this case, it looks like Coombs is supposed to be the bad guy and seems to be hitting Santorum with a folding chair, for which his is making a forced apology in front of the mikes. The whole thing has a scripted air to it.
I was sad when the Santorums lost a child over ten years ago, yet here is a chance for Fox to use that child to help a moribund campaign along, and the dog and pony show comes out. Was it Coombs, was it Fox, was it the Santorums, was it the Party, was it some combinatioin, was it ratings, was it theater, was it show biz? I don't know.
If it was the Democrats, it was pretty stupid of them. It makes them look bad at very little gain before any audience that would affect the larger election. Cui Bono? If it makes you feel better, however, by all means, blame the Democrats and Mr. Coombs.
To my mind, though, it's still a Republican on Republican contest, and this little side story simply has to do with a way of distracting the Republican base with Mr. Romney's handy victory.
On my was back from South Caronina this weekend, I was able to talk briefly with a very nice Censervative Republican gentleman who was reading a biography of Mr. Romney given to him by his some in law, a liberal Democrat, as it happened. Mr. Romney wasn't as conservative as the gentleman was talking to would have liked, not by a long chalk (grerat old idion), by he was reading that Romney biography earnestly anyway, and doing a lot of thinking. Could he really trust Romney to uphold those conservative values?
You could yell he was doing so solid thinking.
I wouldn't have agreed with the guy on almost anything, but it was clear as the day is long he was a good guy, and he had solid reasons for saying the things he was saying and he really meant what he was saying with all his heart. A good man to have as a friend.
I think he was coming to grips with how much he could trust Romney, and there's something important happening down trhere that might ber worth examining, maybe, if you like, in addition to how eveil the Democrats are being about the Sabtorums. I doubt Senator Santorum will be President Santorum in the near future, though, in the same way that I doubt that the Democrats have found a way to polish off The Former Mr. Speaker Newton Gingerich.
The election from the Repuyblican side seems more likely to turn on how many conservatives will be able to get enthused about Mr. Romney, and whether on not that number will overcome the country's tepid response to President Obama. And whether the country's Democrats will be able to change condidates in mid stream and try Hilary, of course.