anyone else watch the republican debate? my thoughts: thompson was clearly aiming for the bottom of the barrel. cheap one-liners and many an attack on huckabee, while he said nothing of substance himself. bzzt. mccain is a goon. he harps on the same points. his attempt at playing to the younger vote by invoking global warming was a non sequitur. romney was ok. he's a decent public speaker. he didn't seem that involved, and was kind of on the periphery. huckabee is good. i didn't expect this from him. he took a lot of direct shots, including from the moderators, but he answered them directly (take heed, other candidates: ANSWER THE QUESTIONS) and was reasonably funny in a non-pointed way. giuliani is out of his league. he was even more on the periphery than romney, and his invocations of reagan were weak sauce: "but reagan hired me as an assistant DA!" ron paul was actually pretty good. when confronted with a loaded question about his sometimes loony supporters' views on 9/11 he defused it, answered it directly, and then proceeded to answer the same question the other candidates had been addressing in that round. i think his message of the country being broke was stated too many times, and that this message (even if true) is too negative for the sheeple to accept. they want to hear that their country is great, that america will have the bestest military in the world, etc. etc. overall: weak field. ron paul and huckabee were the only people who answered questions directly. renegaderick's hopes aside, i don't think paul has a snowball's chance of winning the nomination. this is sad in that it shows that the republican party has indeed transformed itself into a "strong defense", weak civil liberties, tax cutting party. it has no direction. on the results: i thought that huckabee and ron paul came out looking rosy. the official fox take was that thompson "won" it. i think that's a total load of BS. the fox text-your-vote-in poll was amusing, since ron paul won it with 31% to thompson's 21% and huckabee's 18% iirc. disclaimer: i'm not going to vote republican in the actual election, don't worry. given that i'm antiwar and support civil liberties (imagine that) i'll probably vote for ron paul in my state's primary, however.