Tonight’s Debate Wrapup (Sort Of)

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I’m sorry, but I just don’t have it in me to try and say something intelligent about tonight’s debate. Generally speaking, it wasn’t quite the train wreck that some of the others have been, but that’s faint praise. And it’s appalling that for the second time in a row, a foreign policy debate had no questions — not one — about Europe. The entire continent is on the verge of imploding, and possibly taking us down with them, and Wolf Blitzer doesn’t care. And at the end, when the candidates got a freebie question to talk about any issue they felt wasn’t getting enough attention, no mention of Europe again. It’s just baffling.

Anyway, here’s my Twitter stream for the night. That’s the best I’ve got for you.

5:08pm Good to see Romney singing along. Looks authentic!

5:25pm I think Santorum just lost the Muslim vote.

5:28pm Newt Gingrich is….AWESOM-O!! ow.ly/7CnWd

5:32pm “Huntsman’s problem….is that he doesn’t seem to hate Democrats.” ow.ly/7Co0n

5:34pm Hey, Perry mentioned India! Progress!

5:56pm And literally. RT @RichLowry: did newt just use candidly and frankly w/n abt 5 words?

6:04pm How much oil does Gingrich think we have in America?

6:04pm Oh, and Lean Six Sigma!

6:10pm Perry seems unaware that budget trigger was originally a Republican proposal.

6:13pm How long are we going to have to wait this time before Europe gets mentioned?

6:41pm This debate is only two hours, right?

6:42pm Why are candidates promoting drones on border instead of blimps? America needs a stronger blimp fleet.

6:43pm Jeez, such a whiner. RT @MaxBoot: No mention yet of Arab Spring, with demonstrations in Egypt, open revolt in Syria, etc.

6:45pm Already spent an hour talking about Iran, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan. But we’re going to “widen” the conversation by going to the Middle East?

6:46pm Surprise final questioner will be George W. Bush! #secretsourcestoldme

6:50pm RT @RichLowry: a no fly zone is not a sanction its an act of war

7:05pm Virtues again from Perry. Is this some kind of dog whistle I don’t understand?

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