• With: Judy Miller, Cal Thomas, Jim Pinkerton, Alan Colmes

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    SCOTT: Conservative theories will help the poor. We're going to take that --

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    PINKERTON: I know that Alan hates to say that he's part of the liberal media conservative.

    COLMES: Oh, I am the liberal media. I am the liberal media.

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    PINKERTON: Here we go. OK, in case anybody wouldn't want to take Alan's word for it, he's proved it with the firing people line. That's another example of that. Romney was talking about firing your health insurance company.

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    COLMES: You're letting him off the hook. You know he's had a tin ear to this.

    THOMAS: This is how the game is played. Take a text, create a pretext, take it out of context, and then you preach on politics.

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    COLMES: Remember the commercial where Romney took Obama out of context when Obama was --

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    THOMAS: It happens all the time.

    COLMES: And Romney bragged about the fact that he was lying about Obama.

    SCOTT: Speaking of which, we can expect to see that line from Mitt Romney in a Democratic campaign ad, assuming Mitt Romney gets the nomination, don't you suppose?

    MILLER: I think it's pretty safe to assume he's going to get the nomination, though politics is unpredictable. And, yes, of course. What struck me about this race this week was how extraordinarily negative it was. And that's driving Mitt Romney's popularity down.

    PINKERTON: It wasn't negative to President Obama. It was negative to candidate --

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    MILLER: He's not running, Jim.

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    PINKERTON: Yes, actually, he is, Judy. He is. He actually -- it probably will be Romney versus Obama. And oddly enough, Romney is the one getting clobbered, to the point that Roland Martin and Soledad O'Brien, after the Soledad O'Brien got the quote on CNN, they actually high fived each other, they're so happy the way that they nailed Romney.

    COLMES: Romney nailed himself by saying it.

    SCOTT: Talking about media treatment of the Republican candidates, take a look at the cover of Newsweek this week. It shows Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich as gladiators in the arena, who will prevail, it asked. I will prevail is actually is the topic. But the media seemed to enjoy watching these two Republicans go at each other.

    MILLER: It's a good thing the country and world don't have any problems other than this race, which was kind of a foregone conclusion. And now Nevada and we're going to have to go through this the whole time. It's ridiculous.

    SCOTT: Then, along comes Donald Trump and makes the spectacle bigger.

    THOMAS: I like what Rich Gail (ph) in his mullings blog said. He compared it to a grand opera. Nobody cares about who Donald Trump is endorsing. I wasn't sitting around, were you Alan, waiting to see who he is endorsing?

    COLMES: I was with bated breath. I got out some popcorn and --

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    PINKERTON: Donald Trump is a lot more popular among television producers and bookers than the ordinary American people. Fox had a poll that showed his endorsement was a net negative for those who get it.

    SCOTT: So Mitt Romney has to overcome that.

    PINKERTON: I don't think so because it's just a gladiatorial spectacle, then sure, bring it on.

    COLMES: If I were Newt, I'd celebrate the endorsement of Romney.

    MILLER: Yes, except his aides were out there saying, he's going to endorse Newt.

    COLMES: Gingrich, yes.

    MILLER: It didn't look good.

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    COLMES: He was playing the media.