McCain will get much deserved kudos. He was mature, in command and funny. Rudy was also on his game –the best answers on school choice and Iran with his Hillary routine still the best you can find. Thompson was hugely improved but perhaps not quite on the tier of Rudy and McCain. Huckabee frankly didn’t get enough time and this is yet another reason to lose the second tier folks. Romney? No “ask the lawyers” moment but not his best outing and the side by side comparison to his opponents hurts him. So Thompson lives to fight another day, McCain is back in the fight and no one really laid a glove on Rudy. Someone eventually will have to or the race won’t change.