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Tweets of the Week: Debate Recap

The Crystal Ball’s Tweets of the Week is a look back at the highlights of the past week in politics in snippets of 140 characters or less. To get this analysis as soon as news breaks, follow University of Virginia Center for Politics Director, and Crystal Ball founder, Larry Sabato on Twitter by clicking here.

8:39 p.m., June 10: Eventually I’m sure I’ll understand why this fishing expedition into Palin’s emails was undertaken. So far, a plus 4 her.
11:34 a.m, June 11: Unbelievable: NSA just gets around to declassifying 1809 govt document on encryption. No date yet–was TJ still POTUS? (TJ left 3/4/09.)
11:36 a.m., June 11: Doing a 50th yr book on JFK–and we STILL aren’t allowed to see loads of intriguing documents about 11/22/63. “We the People”? I wonder.
11:39 a.m., June 13: Gov. Gregoire(D-WA) as expected won’t run again. GOP’s AG McKenna may finally give Rs this GOV after 32 yrs of losses.
11:44 a.m., June 13: TOP HOMESTATE FRENEMIES OF ’12: It’s a tie, Romney & Huntsman(UT) and Pawlenty & Bachmann(MN). Reminds me of HHH & McCarthy(MN) ’68.
8:01 p.m., June 13: OK guys, let’s have a good clean fight–mainly because it’s too early to get nasty.
8:03 p.m., June 13: So far the candidates are mainly comparing fertility rates. :)
8:13 p.m., June 13: Topic A: Jobs. Right to Obama’s chief vulnerability. Some talking about “Dodd-Frank”, which at least .01% of viewers recognize.
8:15 p.m., June 13: Bachmann pulls a stunt, but a smart one. Makes news, attracts attention.
8:18 p.m., June 13: 30 seconds too short for answers to complex issues, leads to too much interruption by moderator.
8:24 p.m., June 13: Bachmann is as good on TV tonight as she was bad in her alternative SOTU response. Difference between a speech & a debate.
8:42 p.m., June 13: We all bang on the frontrunner, with cause, but so far Romney’s giving most ‘presidential’ performance. And no one’s touched him…yet.
8:55 p.m., June 13: CNN is trying too hard to be clever. And those questions are bombing–thank goodness.
9:08 p.m., June 13: T-Paw will be defined by his muffing of chance to attack Romney on Obamneycare. Key 7-second TV bite.
9:14 p.m., June 13: I’ll give extra points to the first candidate who answers the dumb popular culture questions with, “Who cares?”
9:26 p.m., June 13: Herman Cain says, “Case closed”–let’s Romney off hook on flip-flopping. A POTUS Romney owes Cain Cabinet post.
9:27 p.m., June 13: The non-Romney candidates don’t seem to understand that Romney is their main obstacle to winning.
9:54 p.m., June 13: With no need to back Bush, Rs following polls & diversifying on U.S. intervention abroad. Paul was 1st in ’08, now has company.
10:02 p.m., June 13: Winners: #1-Romney, #2-Bachmann. Losers: #1-Pawlenty, #2-Cain.
10:13 p.m., June 13: ‘Nuff said. I have choices to make. History Channel or Comedy Central? Beer or Bourbon? Hot shower or cold shower?
10:06 a.m., June 14: Our hypocrisy: We criticize candidates for sloganeering yet give them 30 seconds to answer complex policy questions in debates.
10:33 a.m., June 14: Opponents erred in not going after Romney with at least gentle vigor. It’s NOT early. It’s late. Elites & donors choosing sides now.