Anyone else watch it. I thought Paul did great. He lost the audience when Israel came up but everything else he said was well received by the audience.. Cain's done, imo. Being uninformed isn't a good quality for a presidential candidate. Perry made a valiant effort to put in a bottom, but failed spectacularly. Romney was slick and polished, as usual. The audience seemed to accept his answers tonight and the Mormon thing didn't seem to hurt him too much. He gained some serious ground tonight. Bachmann, I dunno... she won some, she lost some. Newt, the master debator, had his facts straight and was calm, cool and collected. Santorum, he sure don't like him no Romney, do he? that's all I remember about him from tonight.
After it was done I was on twitter and noticed Ron Paul was trending #4 in my area (Boston), so I did an informal scan of twitter trends for some various cities to see if what was happening elsewhere:
(read from bottom up. I've included every city I checked that had at least 1 candidate showing up.)
and by the way, moneybomb starting at midnight! Black THIS out!
As of late, you are one of my "go to guys" keeping us abreast and dissecting this for us. Thanks. I cant stomach watching MSM anymore, so I have to rely on the commentary. Nice job.
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Here are things that I saw in this and past debates that are not convincing, and do not pass my logic sniff test. The candidates have need serious explaining to the people.
Here are issues that I think super important and who address what:
Summary: Ron Paul is on the side of the people. He is my first preference. If he loses, I'll vote Romney.
Body language expert analyzes Ron Paul:
Mitt Romney - BIG hypocrit. The guy starts out with a violation of the debate rules by cross examining Herman Cain. Then, he complains to Perry that he interrupts.
Perry - Calling Herman Cain a "brother"? What a moron.
Santorum - last gasp
Ron Paul - The only sane guy in the house, except some of Cain's ideas. He's also the only guy who's been on message consistently over 20 years.
Cain - The only minority in the house, literally, on stage and in the entire audience. Does CNN send out invitations to any non-white viewers? LOL. Not that Cain cares... he's got no political experience in elected office.
Bachman - more like botched again.
what a joke of a debate
Mitt Romney reminds of toddlers and tiaras
"experts" declare Romney winner.
TeaParty declares "Romney and Perry still fake, Newt smart but not trustworthy, Cain wants taxes, Ron Paul most honest as usual."
Ron Paul did a great job last night, and he actually got a reasonable amount of time (probably due to the recent distribution of his economic plan). It was pretty lame that they didn't let him give closing remarks like the others, though. I also thought it was pretty interesting that the other candidates seemed eager to talk to RP after the debate. Don't know if you heard, but Rick Santorum started it off by walking over and pointing out "You didn't get to answer the last question" immediately after the debate ended.
I can understand that some people will disagree with Dr Paul's ideas, but his consistency is unquestionable. Given their flip-flopping records, I don't see how anyone can feel confident that Romney, Cain, or Perry will follow through with their campaign promises.
My thoughts FWIW:
Perry - I remember watching the space shuttle Challenger explode live on TV shortly after launch. I think it's a fitting analogy to Perry's campaign. He's done. Holy shit is this guy tone deaf.
Romney - I wonder if his face muscles hurt after two hours of practiced, forced smiling/poker face. The dude is a robot. I think he looked a little desperate at times tonight. He looked downright grateful that Paul didn't take the bait and hammer him on the Wall Street funding of his campaign.
Cain - Bwahahaha. He got raped. 999 didn't get mentioned again after the initial beatdown.
Santorum - Looked somewhat human tonight (he didn't froth at the mouth too much), but it doesn't matter. People already know he's not the guy.
Bachmann - Back to Congress. Thanks for the entertainment (Randy Travis @ Iowa straw poll).
Gingrich - Probably looking better to the GOP base as the other machine hopefuls expose their warts.
Paul - I know some have lamented some of his later answers re: Israel, but I thought he gave a very strong performance. Probably his best debate showing yet. He was passionate and forceful when he spoke. He didn't look like he was bored to be the only serious guy standing in the center ring of the circus while the others performed around him.
This ad ran a couple times just prior to the debate. Good stuff...