GOP Debate: Who Won and Does it Even Matter Yet?

Last night in South Carolina, there was a GOP debate without Romney, Palin, Huckabee, Gingrich, Trump and Mitch Daniels.

Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty were there, however — joined by a handful of progressive clowns out front. I honestly forgot about the thing so I didn’t see it. I’m just reading a little about it this morning.

Erick Erickson liked this Herman Cain approach:

Herman Cain gave the best one liners and a brilliant defense of his lack of elected experience. He pointed out all the guys in Washington who have been elected and asked, “How’s that working out for ya?”

Pollster Frank Luntz had a focus group after the debate which chose Cain as the winner of the debate that didn’t feature anybody polling in double digits. Voters often like the “outsider,” but have you noticed that in the end, “outsiders” are hardly ever elected? The machine isn’t programmed to let in someone who’s not in the end going to play within the beltway rules. Period. It’s kind of like women trying to get into a party at the Playboy Mansion: All cooperative political persuasions are welcome but if you’re not willing to show Hef your tits you ain’t gettin’ in.

I like Cain and Palin (the bumper stickers could be recycled too, which might appease the eco crowd), but whether Cain can raise the required cash and if Palin even runs remains to be seen. As for the rest of the names mentioned so far, I feel like Michael Moore at a salad bar… there’s really nothing there to whet my appetite.

Author: Doug Powers

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