The Las Vegas GOP Debate has been just schadenfreude-licious to watch. Bickering, backtracking, catfights and it even looked at one point that Perry and Romney would come to blows.
Clearly, the plan was to attack the frontrunners. After spending the first 15 minutes bashing Cain's 999 plan (and demonstrating clearly that Mr. "Imagine There's No Pizza" is not ready for prime time), it was time for the wannabes to set their target sights on Mitt Romney.
Rick Perry had his attack points ready to go and launched into Romney's hypocritical stance on getting strict on immigration reform only to hire undocumented workers to construct his new mansion. That led Mitt to utter the ultimate 1% response:
[W]e went to the company and we said, 'Look, you can't have any illegals working on our property! I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, we can't have illegals!'
Well, there you go. That wasn't enough for Perry, however, who went back for a second zing on it:
"The bottom line is that we have a federal government that has failed," Perry responded. "There is a clear problem here. And he [Romney] hit the nail on the head a while ago. He said there was a magnet of people that will hire illegals. And you are number one on that list, sir. And people need to understand that. You're one of the problems, Mitt."
Perry's blow perhaps wasn't quite as popular with the audience as he intended it to be. There were audible boos in response to his comment.
"I think we've been down that road," Romney replied. "We've been down that road sufficiently. Sounds like the audience agrees with me."