Jamal Simmons: Poor guy, only the second time he’s had catfish ever and cheesy grits and a biscuit — it’s almost as if we’re watching Mitt Romney on safari in his own country. (Australia Broadcasting Company)
Jan Crawford: Now as any Southerner will tell you, Romney didn’t quite get it right on the grits. It’s cheese grits, not cheesy grits. But grits and gravy like Gingrich said? Listen, I grew up in Alabama. you put butter on grits. Gravy goes on biscuits. But despite this gravy issue, people here seem to be cutting Gingrich a lot of slack, Erica and Charlie. They think he is smart, he’s visionary, and they like that he can take on President Obama. (CBS)
Mary Matalin: Quit trying. Quit trying. I like the cheesy grits. Just do what you do well, which is be kind of a sort of a bad candidate, but a good leader, and just stay on message. That’s it. (CNN)
John McCain: I think it’s very possible that Mitt Romney may win both Alabama and Mississippi tonight, putting to rest that myth that he can’t — that he can’t succeed in Southern states. By the way, I’m sure it’s because he’s grown to like grits… (CNN)
John King: All these guys are with us all night long. We’re going to make cheesy grits late tonight. (CNN)
Ashleigh Banfield: I was just going to say, the cheesy grits.
Dana Bash: Yes, exactly. (CNN)
Suzanne Malveaux: Wolf, do you eat grits?
Wolf Blitzer: No. I have –
Malveaux: There’s been a lot of talk.
Blitzer: I’ll be honest, I have tasted them over the years, but I can’t say I’m a major grit eater.
Malveaux: There’s a lot of talk about cheesy grits and catfish, and this is coming from Mitt Romney.
Blitzer: I’m sure it’s delicious.
Malveaux: It is delicious. I grew up on grits.
Blitzer: Yes. (CNN)
Terri Sewell: He can’t even get the fact we have cheese grits, not cheesy grits. So, I agree with you that he is pandering to what he thinks Alabama voters are about, Mitt Romney, and not to what we actually are concerned about.
Al Sharpton: She is authentic. She’s there in Birmingham, still has on her very nice necklace and her nice attire. She didn’t come home with a bowl of grits tonight playing with me.
David Corn: She is a great reporter, though.
Erin McPike: I had grits and a biscuit for breakfast this morning. I tell you I did.
Corn: Bring some back.
McPike: Cheese grits and a breakfast. (MSNBC)
Chris Matthews: What about all this “y’all” crap of his? Is it going to work?
Former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott: Well…
Matthews: Does it work if you go down there and pander?
Lott: Well, you know, look, eating a little catfish and some grits, whether you call them cheesy grits or whatever…
Matthews: But it is cheese grits, not cheesy grits, right?
Lott: Well, they may have had it on the menu, “cheesy grits.” It may have had a little extra portion. I don’t know. But ordinarily, you say cheese grits, yes.
Matthews: What’s that place, Mama’s — or what’s that place in New Orleans we eat?
Former U.S. Sen. John Breaux: Mother’s.
Matthews: Mother’s, yes.
Breaux: They don’t serve cheesy grits at Mother’s.
Matthews: And then there’s Po Boys down there.
Breaux: And they’re great.
Lott: And you know, if he’d go in there and eat a Po Boy and eat it at Mother’s, he’d be a better candidate. (MSNBC)
Eric Bolling: Cheesy? It’s cheese grits. Cheese grits, governor. By the way, add a lot of pepper. Greg, cheesy grits?
Greg Gutfeld: I think it was a stripper I met in (the) Alamo.
Kimberly Guilfoyle: Oh my gosh. (Fox News)