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.

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Charles Wilson · November 29, 2007 at 6:36 AM

It was interesting that Romney didn’t qualify his endorsement of the Bible. The typical Mormon answer to that question is to pledge loyalty to the “correctly translated” Bible.

It’s a basic tenet of Mormon doctrine that the KJV Bible was “corrupted” through mistranslation, and that Joseph Smith’s “Book of Mormon” provided the missing chapters.

It will be interesting to see of the Deseret News (LDS newspaper in Salt Lake) makes note of this, or whether Romney has gotten special dispensation from the church elders to lie about his beliefs.

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