That was a truly horrible debate, largely because of CBS' bizarre coverage decisions. They only televised part of it and provided a borderline worthless Internet feed for the rest. This debate was already unlikely to have much impact because it was on a Saturday night. Nevertheless, a few things stood out.
Mitt Romney sounded presidential, though I'm unsure he means what he's saying about China. Rick Perry recovered nicely from last debate, though he had to clear a fairly low bar. Michele Bachmann started off well but reverted to form by the end. Rick Santorum was impassioned and effective, except when complaining about not getting enough time. Newt Gingrich was professorial.
Ron Paul correctly noted that it doesn't make sense to distrust the government domestically only to place complete faith in it on foreign affairs. Jon Huntsman was the only Republican who joined Paul in pointing out that the fiscal crisis has foreign policy implications. Herman Cain seemed completely out of his depth, but few of his supporters will care. And few people overall probably watched this poorly broadcast, irritatingly moderated debate.
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