Romney! Perry! Bachmann! Paul! ... (breath) ... Cain! Santorum! Gingrich! Huntsman!
Eight people. One stage. Pity that no one gets eliminated tonight.
Mitt Romney seemed very polished, slightly annoyed and wishing that he could throw an elbow into Rick Perry's face. Rick Perry spent the first half of the debate looking like the clear winner and then the second half getting attacked by everyone else (it works in Survivor). Michele Bachmann showed up wearing a cardigan, apparently flaunting the fact that she doesn't have to wear a suit, and said "Obamacare" roughly 500 times. Ron Paul made reasoned arguments and got booed off the stage.
The other four didn't really make much of a mark, except for Huntsman's tortured attempts at humor. If I'd written this post at 8:00 CST, I would've been saying that Rick Perry is your Republican nominee. I didn't know they were going to hit him with mandatory HPV vaccination and illegal immigration.
The truth is that no one wins these things until they get whittled down. Very few issues have eight different viable solutions, let alone eight different sides to argue. So...the candidates either end up agreeing with their opponents or nit-picking for things to rant about. It's all theater. None of it helps, except to plant some needed seeds of doubt in the minds of some of these guys.
I don't know what to make of the revelation that Huntsman rides a Harley, though.