Almost certainly, positively the last of these debacles, since the Super Tuesday debate’s been cancelled. A reminder of progress to date, per Paul Constant at The Stranger:
In case you haven’t been paying attention up till now, the Republican presidential race has been a steaming turdgasm featuring sexual harassment, the joyous applauding of state-sanctioned murder, racism, xenophobia, idiocy, anti-gay bigotry, the lusty booing of uninsured people who dare to get hit by cars, and detailed discussion of how much control the government should have over the uteruses of women. Depending on who you ask, the current front-runner is either a malevolent Ken doll with a quarter-billion-dollar personal fortune, a white supremacist with a rock-hard boner for Ayn Rand who’s trying to overthrow the party using some tricky delegate math, or a gay-and-woman-hating religious demagogue who, according to internet folklore, was named after a vile, frothy mixture of lubricant and bodily fluids.
In short, the only winner of the Republican primaries to date has been Barack Obama.
CNN livestream here, if it doesn’t crash your system.
Richard Adams’ invaluable Guardian liveblog here.
I agree with this statement from Adams:
9.04pm: So far this debate is like watching three drunks trying to start a fight and falling over.
… but I’d add the modifiers “mean, violently-inclined, stupid drunks”.
Excellent final summary from Mr. Adams, too also:
10.05pm: And that is. Thank god that’s over. A couple more hours of this and the Republican party could go the way of the Whigs. (Some of you may think that’s not a bad thing.)
So 20 years from now we’ll find that all these Republican debates were secretly funded by the Obama campaign, code-named “Give them enough rope”.
Here’s my one-word summary right now: beer.
(The question from John King to the candidates: What one word would you use to describe yourself? The answers: Paul, “consistent”; Santorum, “courage”; Romney, “resolute”, and Gingrich, “cheerful”.)