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September 8, 2011
I think the bottom line is, there was enough beating up of each other tonight [between Romney and Perry] that we didn’t have to get in. You know, never interrupt your enemy when they’re in the process of destroying themselves is an old adage.
Michele Bachmann campaign consultant Ed Rollins, who recently took a demotion • Discussing Bachmann’s debate performance on Wednesday. Bachmann, once the toast of the campaign, disappeared for long stretches last night, no longer standing out as a frontrunner, leading some to claim that her campaign was “finished.” Rollins apparently feels that way himself, recently calling the race “a Romney-Perry race.” Was it the Newsweek cover that did her campaign in? Or does she need another one of those? source (viafollow)
10:41 // 3 years ago

adancewithdaffodils says: Thanks for the play-by-play of last night's debate! Do you know where (if) we can watch the debate online? No cable, and internet decided to go out RIGHT before the debate. Thanks!

» SFB says: Sure! MSNBC has the full video over here. If you want to watch again, guys, be sure to play at home with our debate coverage! — Ernie @ SFB

10:20 // 3 years ago
September 7, 2011
dcdecoder:

Decoder’s main takeaway from the debate tonight: Read Shortformblog, with whom we partnered to blog/tweet/enjoy the Reagan Debate. We’re just a button in their cap - but we have a lot of fun hanging around. (On Twitter, @Shortformblog.)

Aww, you say the nicest things. And let’s not forget the Christian Science Monitor’s DC Decoder, who did some great work covering and analyzing the debate on the fly. They are worth a follow for sure. We look forward to covering more debates with them. Check out tonight’s coverage, including any follow-ups over the next day or so, over here.

dcdecoder:

Decoder’s main takeaway from the debate tonight: Read Shortformblog, with whom we partnered to blog/tweet/enjoy the Reagan Debate. We’re just a button in their cap - but we have a lot of fun hanging around. (On Twitter, @Shortformblog.)

Aww, you say the nicest things. And let’s not forget the Christian Science Monitor’s DC Decoder, who did some great work covering and analyzing the debate on the fly. They are worth a follow for sure. We look forward to covering more debates with them. Check out tonight’s coverage, including any follow-ups over the next day or so, over here.

23:14 // 3 years ago
23:07 // 3 years ago
Here’s why I find it impossible to be a Republican: any crowd that instantly cheers the execution of 234 individuals is a crowd I want to flee, not join.
Andrew Sullivan on the debate crowd’s positive response to the large number of executions that Perry resided over while governor of Texas. (via liberal-life)

(via herblondness)

22:35 // 3 years ago
In order for the republican party to win, we can’t run from science… By making comments that don’t reflect the reality of the situation, you turn people off.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, easing off direct attacks on Texas Gov. Rick Perry, among others in the GOP field, for a general point about the Republican party.

One question:

  • Why didn’t Huntsman attack more? This is a stark difference between himself and Governor Perry, among others, and he simply let it drop. He’s made snarky Twitter comments, he’s played up his common-sense cred, and then he gets a chance to shine on national TV and he fell (largely) flat.

(via dcdecoder)

Huntsman was doing great up until this; it was similar to when Tim Pawlenty backed down from his “ObamneyCare” comments a few debates back. Huntsman still turned out what was overall a charismatic and commanding performance, but this wasn’t the best note to end on. 

22:18 // 3 years ago
I was surprised that Romney was not more rattled and deflated.
Al Sharpton, setting a low bar for Mitt Romney in the MSNBC wrap-up. 
22:01 // 3 years ago
And with a slightly awkward farewell from Brian Williams, this debate is finished. We’ll have some postgame wrap-up in a bit; in the meantime, you can catch up on our Twitter liveblog, with the hashtag #ReaganDebate. This has been a blast; thanks for following along with us!
—Seth @ SFB

And with a slightly awkward farewell from Brian Williams, this debate is finished. We’ll have some postgame wrap-up in a bit; in the meantime, you can catch up on our Twitter liveblog, with the hashtag #ReaganDebate. This has been a blast; thanks for following along with us!

—Seth @ SFB

21:55 // 3 years ago
When the moderator mentioned that Rick Perry has presided over a record 234 executions during his tenure as governor, the audience burst into applause. Wow.

When the moderator mentioned that Rick Perry has presided over a record 234 executions during his tenure as governor, the audience burst into applause. Wow.

21:47 // 3 years ago
The question isn’t, would we favor a tax increase. The question is, how would we generate revenue?
Newt Gingrich, taking a bit of a risk addressing revenues. He got an enormous applause.
21:41 // 3 years ago