Posted: 11/28/07 23:28
by Dave Mindeman
I do believe that Mike Huckabee just won Iowa tonight. Those YouTube questions were almost scripted for a Huckabee show. All in all, the Republicans gave a lively show as they tried to see how much furthur to the right they can take each other.
Fred Thompson is finished. He got in a few one liners but he stumbled around on red meat issues so much, I think he just eliminated himself.
McCain is back. Watch him in New Hampshire now. Great responses on the torture question. He spoke with authority.
Ron Paul continues to move himself farther away from the field. That Libertarian run is going to be too hard to resist.
Mitt Romney seemed to be on the defensive a lot. His answers were probably OK for GOPers but he was clearly defending rather than moving down the field.
Finally, Giuliani had to get more specific on his positions and I think it will hurt him with this crowd. His answers on gun control and abortion are just not going to win him any converts. And the evangelicals are boarding the Huckabee bus.
Tancredo was grinning from ear to ear with all the immigration questions. Hispanic voters are waving bye bye to all of them.
Hunter still seems to blend into the background. Non-entity.
This debate seemed to be a stronger indication that we are moving toward a brokered convention in St. Paul next year.