Wow! I’m the type of person who gets all worked up over the debates, and I’m glad that this one is on the books!
Best: Gov. Romney shined. He looked Presidential, commanding, and aware of the issues. Andrew Cline on NRO said, “Romney is shining as the most polished candidate with the smartest, most well-considered answers. He looks like the adult in the room.”
Great: Michelle Bachman handled her questions with grace and knowledge. I was particularly impressed by the way she handled the question on gay marriage. She is a very impressive candidate.
Worst: Pawlenty — who had previously called Obama’s health care disaster “Obamneycare,” purposely conflating Gov. Romney’s plan with the president’s – completely chickened out when CNN host John King asked him directly to challenge Gov. Romney on state. He looked weak, indecisive, and afraid.
I liked what Stanley Kurtz said, “… I think Romney has come across well. He knows how to handle himself, the format makes it tough to go after rivals, and the candidates clearly prefer to hammer Obama rather than each other.”