Another GOP Debate. . .

Two Mannequins, one brain. Image from source, MSNBC
Okay, here's a liberal's take from Wednesday's GOP debate on MSNBC:

- Mitt Romney came across as the winner. He's not crazy, and he never stumbled
- Rick Perry is fairly good in this format--if you're not really listening. Otherwise, he's kind of a loose cannon, and I don't think his extreme views on Social Security are going to serve him well.
- Michele Bachmann slid into 2nd-tier status. She seemed no more relevant than Rick Santorum.
- Rick Santorum seems desperate, and has no business in the forum, considering the fact that several other candidates--who poll as high as he does--were shut out.
- Ron Paul got to talk a lot. As usual, he's a Cuisinart mix of common sense and crazy. Mostly crazy.
- Herman Cain has a 9-9-9 plan. What's that upside down, Herm? No traction for Herman.
- Jon Huntsman came across very well for someone on one of the bottom rungs. I don't think it'll help him, but he's the only one of the bunch I'd vote for.
- Newt Gingrich is feisty and grouchy, but stands as much chance as I do of becoming the 2012 GOP nominee.


[Excerpt]

Perry, Romney lock horns at GOP debate

Eager to tangle, Republican presidential rivals Rick Perry and Mitt Romney sparred vigorously over job creation and Social Security Wednesday night in a lively campaign debate that marked a new turn in the race to pick a 2012 challenger to President Barack Obama. . .

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