Well, the third Republican Debate is over, and Romney did well, extremely well. He got plenty of applause, although I think he was largely ignored for the first 20 minutes of the debate. Like the last debate, Romney did not steamroll all of the other candidates – but did extremely well in batting down criticism, taking the high road over McCain, and showing himself as a reformer and Conservative leader. It seems that Romney is trying out a new line, declaring more than once that “The Republican Party is the party of the 21st. century.” While he did not get much applause off of this line, it could help him on the campaign trail. It is a very Reaganesque line, moving forward, looking ahead, putting people back to work, seeking solutions, not backing down from challenges. Romney is doing extremely well in these debates, speaking honestly, comfortable in the face of criticism. So, the final rankings:
1) Mitt Romney = A- (8.5)
2) Rudy Giuliani = B+ (8.0)
3) John McCain = C+ (7.0)
I am not going to dive into the confusing world of ranking the others, except to say that Ron Paul once again made an idiot out of himself.