Everybody is talking how stupid it is to advertise that you can casually throw Ten grand around. Yes, this is true, and worth talking about. But watch the tape.
Mitt's whole glory is that he is supposed to be the REASONABLE GUY, the one that WON'T do something stupid to feed his ego. Check out the transcript:
Perry, addressing himself once again to a critique of Romney's health-care policy in Massachusetts, said: "You know, I'm just saying you were for individual mandates my friend."
"You know what, you've raised that before, Rick. And you're still wrong," Romney retorted.
"It was true then. It's true now," Perry replied, laughing.
"10,000 bucks? 10,000 dollar bet?" Romney shot out his hand looking for Perry to take the bait.
Perry laughed again. "I'm not in the bettin' business, but I'll show you the book."
"I've got the book," snipped Romney.
OK, what this means here is that Mitt did NOT just do this on the fly. He knew what the damned book said, and thought he could scare Rick off with money. This shows that he did not do his homework on Perry. This was the sort of juvenile stunt that would get a high-school senior kicked off the debate team! Furthermore, Perry sat back and laughed, knowing that in this instance, he DID have Mitt by his neck, and that he got to...and here is the bad part...he actually looked CALM next to mitt, who was obviously panicking and acting STUPID.
Folks, when Rick Perry cam make a fool out of you, you are NOT the "safe choice." This is WORSE than merely doing a Marie Antoinette; having a "let them eat cake" moment. What we saw here is that Mitt is actually STUPID, and that someone who was once called W. without the brains could make him look STUPID.