I actually took the time to watch last night’s debate in its entirety. For what it’s worth, here’s my take.
WINNER: Newt Gingrich
While my support for Gingrich has slipped considerably over the past several years, he showed flashes of the old Newt last night – the Newt that led the original Republican Revolution back in the nineties – not the RINO Newt that has become entrenched over at Fox News. There was never any doubt that Gingrich is as sharp as a razor blade, but he tends to get too wonkish and suffers from foot-in-mouth disease. In spite of his solid performance last night, his chance of getting the nomination are about equal to the chances of the Baltimore Orioles winning the World Series.
SECOND PLACE: Herman Cain
Although Mr. Cain received limited face time last night, he still gave solid and concise answers to each and every question. Unlike most politicians, Herman Cain doesn’t speak with a forked tongue. What you hear is what you get! Unlike Barrack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, aka Harrison J. Bounel, etc, etc, etc, Herman Cain has actually achieved things during his lifetime. Cain has managed several large companies during his business career, and has a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Computer Science. If Obama the community organizer and affirmative action attorney who doesn’t have a license to practice law can be elected president, why can’t Herman Cain? I know, I know, that’s a stupid question!
THIRD PLACE: John Huntsman
I don’t know much about Mr. Huntsman, but he did a nice job at last night’s debate. Huntsman seems to have pretty conservative convictions and an astute business sense. He seemed relaxed and his answers were clear and concise. Probably doesn’t stand a chance because he’s as boring as a soccer match so the media won’t pay much attention to him.
Kudos also go out to Ron Paul who is always…well, Ron Paul. He stands by his convictions and his economic policies are pretty spot on. He also gave a good answer to the question about illegal immigration, which surprised me a bit. I was under the impression that Mr. Paul was an open borders libertarian. Mr. Paul would be a great improvement over Barack Obama, but so would my cat Charlie. And unlike my cat Charlie, Mr. Paul is totally unelectable.
BIGGEST DISSAPPOINTMENT: Michelle Bachmann
I’m a big fan of Michelle Bachmann, but she didn’t have a good night. She seemed both nervous and unsure. Is Mrs. Bachmann feeling the pressure from all the negative media attention and hit pieces? Being the next Sarah Palin can be a bitch!