Thoughts on the debate

I didn’t get the chance to live-blog this, but I did take notes. There were some great moments. Rudy Giuliani’s slap of Romney with "sanctuary mansion" was outstanding. Mike Huckabee’s handling of the death penalty question was masterful.  The complexity of his answer to the literalism of the Bible question was even better, especially if you understand the denominational-political overtones. The John McCain-Ron Paul exchange.

There were also poor moments. Romney dodged the Social Security question, "the most important question for a generation."

But, ultimately, it doesn’t matter if you don’t remember it, it cannot be turned into an ad. And the moments belong to McCain and Huckabee. I won’t bother trying to order them.

There was clearly a second tier that contained Rudy Giuliani. I don’t think that he went backwards today.

And Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney? They looked bad. Bad.