Tonight's Vegas debate was the most spirited and most personal of any of the previous debates. Herman Cain took the early attacks on his 9-9-9 plan and handled the questions with grace and style. He used a lot of Apples and Oranges to try to differentiate his "Tax" from State sales taxes. That was wise considering the media and his opponents will try to blur the lines. He also defended most everything well. He stumbled a bit on the TARP flip-flop which he acknowledged, and on the negotiating with terrorists I think he handled a bit weakly, but overall a good night on stage. GINGRICH should stay in the race as long as we have debates. Newt's doing a great job of trying to keep the bickering from within, he's smart and funny..and he just needs to keep it going! He's the only one who reminds the group the media wants a fight..don't give it to them! Speaking of fights Perry clearly was more prepared this time around and was ready to go at Mitt with everything he could muster..this was the first debate where Mitt was the punching bag..and he deflected every punch extremely well. He kept his cool and his smile, but didn't give up his ground. He's smarter, and more studied, and more savvy than Perry by a mile. Perry just can't compete in that league and he looked slightly deflated towards the end of the debate. Bachmann worked herself into the discussion as did Santorum..who actually came out looking a bit bullyish, (I know coming from me? Really?). Paul, I was sorry didn't have time to make his TRILLION dollar case..and I think the viewers were denied a chance to have the others try to either pile-on Paul or to express their support of his plan.
Cain and Romney winners; Perry I think can stay around, Gingrich and Paul WON'T go away.. Santorum and Bachmann you may return to your corners of the Country..and hey why not run for US Senate in those 2 states?? Minnesota and Pennsylvania BOTH have races next year!
Four for Fridays
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