Well, McCain’s lines dominated the debate:

  • Putin
  • Tied up
  • To Romney about "fooling people about your record."
  • "Lead"

I posted my notes, and I am having trouble finding other things that struck me deeply. Giuliani did well on Hillary’s spending and teachers.

Thompson was certainly more lively, and he had a nice closing.

My hunch is that McCain wins. We’ll see what people say.

On a deeper level, McCain clearly moved the ball. Thompson clearly moved the ball. Giuliani is fine treading water. He looks like he could be President.

I think it was a bad night for Romney. And Huckabee had some cute lines, but he needed to really rock tonight to drive through his straw poll victory from the Value Voters conference. And he didn’t.

And get the rest of these guys off the stage.

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ALB · October 22, 2007 at 11:41 AM

Well, this just reignites the John McCain crush I’ve had since seeing him at the New Hampshire town meetings.

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