My gut tells me that the real winner was anyone who didn’t watch the debate and missed Chris Matthew’s grandstanding, incessant babble, and rude interruptions. If you pushed me, though, I would tell you the real winner was either the Democratic Party or Fred Thompson.
I did learn some interesting things:
1.) At least three of the candidates question evolution.
2.) Tommy Thompson thinks it is cool to fire people if they are gay.
3.) Our cultural decay is the root of all problems.
4.) Abortion is the WORSTEST THING EVAH!
5.) Rudy Giuliani, for all his flaws, wass the only one on the stage other than Ron Paul who seems to embrace federalism.
6.) Tom Tancredo is WHOLLY unqualified for any job more important than county dog catcher, and even then I don’t want him near animals.
7.) Gilmore thinks highly of his record. So much so, that when he is talking about himself and how wonderful he is, you briefly forget wehat is really running through your head- ‘Who the hell is this guy?’
8.) Duncan Hunter is batshit crazy and should not be responsible for any intelligence/military related issues.
9.) John McCain is too old to be President. He forgets what he is saying mid-sentence, mumbles, garbles his words, his responce latency is increasing, and he should not be considered a viable candidate. Time has taken its toll on him.
10.) Mitt Romney’s capacity to be oozingly oily and cheesy surprised even me. If there was a more fake man on stage, I don’t know who it is. The man clearly will say anything to win.
11.) The Constitution should not be changed to allow immigrants to run for President, but it should be changed to bash gays.
Overall, if I had to declare a winner among those on stage, it would probably be McCain. He was willing to say enough things to keep everyone happy. The most surprising thing for me was how likable Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee can be, although that doesn’t override that Brownback is a religious nutter. Huckabee wanting to make environmentalism a religious mandate is the sort of thing that terrifies me for obvious reasons, but he seems like a decent guy. Of all the people on that stage, if I had to choose one to live next door to me, it would be Mike Huckabee. Take that for what it is worth.
Another thing that surprised me is how bloody awful Giuliani’s presentation style is- he is just not a good public speaker. Not that that really matters- his honesty regarding abortion will ensure he is never elected.
All in all, a depressing night. I really did not see anyone or anything very Presidential, and Hunter, Tancredo, and Thompson should just save themselves some time and drop out now.