I’ve lost track of how many GOP presidential debates we’ve had so far, but I think last night’s was the best yet.
All the candidates were standing, not sitting. That helped with the energy level.
There was a wide range of issues, and that was important.
Anderson Cooper did an excellent job of keeping the conversation going.
And every one of the seven candidates came prepared to play ball. Each of them gave them their strongest performance yet.
But the two candidates with the best chance of toppling Mitt Romney, I believe, failed to seize the moment.
Challenged by every other Republican on the stage, Herman Cain was unable to defend his dumb 9-9-9 plan. His only response to their criticisms was to say they were wrong. He gave no facts to prove they’re wrong.
And Rick Perry proved he’s just a big talker. He had no answers on how to control the border. And he missed an opportunity to repudiate his pastor’s attack on Mormonism.
Once again, the evening belonged to Mitt Romney. The more we see of this bunch of clowns, the more it’s obvious that Romney will be the Republican nominee in 2012.
And the more obvious it is: Romney can’t beat Barack Obama.
That’s my parting shot for today.