Romney tried to prevent Gingrich from having one of his signature ‘moments.’ | AP Photo
Here are some thoughts from Politico:
3) The crowd silence altered the chemistry in the room
It’s not exactly news that Newt Gingrich uses the debate hall crowd as a theatrical prop. But the effect has never been so clear as in last night’s debate — when the crowd wasn’t engaged.
NBC News moderator Brian Williams asked the crowd for quiet early on, and, unlike past debates, they complied. There was sporadic clapping here and there, but almost nothing for the first hour.
It gave the debate hall an eerie calm and a decidedly low-energy feel. The back and forth between Gingrich and Romney lost some energy because of it. The whole debate, for that matter, was sluggish, with very little electricity for almost an hour and 45 minutes.
Gingrich simply seemed not quite himself without the applause. At points when he approached anger, he simply seemed, well, angry. With the help of the debate hall crowds, in other debates that anger had seemed like passion.
Gingrich is still better at this than Romney, but this debate underscored an important fact: He is less a great debater than an extremely good stage actor. He’d better hope CNN doesn’t follow the same rules at the next debate Thursday night.
I used to like Newt back in the 1990′s but a lot has changed since then. Take a look at this fine article from the Cato Institute: Gingrich Rise Is Triumph of Style over Substance by Gene Healy Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute and the author of The Cult [...]
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