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    Who won?

    Who won?

    I only watched bits and pieces of last night’s debate, and I’ve seen some replays.

    I know I should have watched more of it, so I could give you my always insightful, prescient and probing analysis.  But when I tuned in, I tuned out.

    My sense from the bits and pieces is that Romney did well, continuing to establish himself as above the fray of attacking other Republicans and focusing on Obama.  In a part I did watch live, Pawlenty and Bachmann fell into Chris Wallace’s trap of fighting over scraps of debate bait; they both suffered, but Pawlenty more so.   I’ve also heard that Santorum was impressive but haven’t actually seen any clips of his answers.  Ron Paul’s answer on Iran, which I heard on replay, was frightening.

    So who won?


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    retire05 | August 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    jakee, what Great Britain is proving, in spades, that the entitlement, cradle to grave, mentality is a total failure. Great Britain has been moving left since WWII. Now we see the results of that move.

    One has to wonder if the flash mob robberies we are now witnessing is a precusor to being Great Britain, the only major difference being that Americans, as individuals, are armed.

    StephenMonteith | August 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Newt Gingrich won … points. He gave strong, “grown-up” answers, and even managed to make the moderators look like muckrakers. He reminded people that he’d once been a strong leader. However, he didn’t win the debate.

    Rick Santorum also won points, simply for winding up Ron Paul. I don’t think either of them gave bad answers, but being able to engage with another candidate puts you on their level, whether it’s high or low. And before the debate, Paul was on a higher level than Santorum, which means their current status is a net gain for Santorum.

    You’d think that would mean Pawlenty is now up to Bachmann’s level, but you’d be wrong. He (and, to a much greater extent, Jon Huntsman) simply was not given enough “alone” time on the stage, which he desperately needed. And which Romney actually received.

    Romney had his share of both solo moments and responding to the others’ criticisms. However, he was able to pivot his responses back around to focus solely on him, effectively making people forget whoever it was who’d criticized him originally. Romney may have won “stealthily”, without anyone noticing, but win he did. Everyone else was either fighting with each other or shrinking into the scenery.

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