It's a bit late to do a complete rundown of the entire debate but here's a snapshot.
Tim Russert did a bit of the work for the Democrats and John McCain with a few of his statements...um...I mean questions.
The candidates were all very cordial. Mike Huckabee continued to crack jokes. In fact, while he was talking, the song "Life is a Highway" started running through my head. But I did find out that his economic plan for the elderly is "Support yourself, go shopping!" John McCain talked about the Bridge to Nowhere (which, by the way, has never been built so why keep talking about it?) He also voted against the tax cuts before he voted for them.
Much to my delight, Rudy Giuliani brought up his opposition to Sarbanes-Oxley. If you don't know what Sarbanes-Oxley is, count yourself lucky. I'd tell you all about it, but I spent so much time sleeping through the meetings I had to quit my job.
I apologize for ignoring Ron Paul, but so is everyone else, so leave me alone!
Tim Russert mentioned polls that show Americans wish we never went into Iraq in the first place. Helllllooo! Earth to Russert! Have you ever heard the saying "Hind sight is 20/20?" It's a pretty good saying for a reason. In 2003, polls said Americans thought it was a good idea to go into Iraq. I have an idea: why don't we amend the Constitution? Let's not have a president! We'll just let the pollsters run the country? Anyway, during the post-debate analysis Chris Matthews pointed out that they were able to nail down all of the Republican candidates (except Ron Paul) on their support for the war. Nice set up. That will give you plenty of fodder during the national election. Brilliant!
One of my happiest moments was when Mayor Giuliani said we should be able to sue in China. How fun is that! John Edwards can move there and be the "Suer in Chief".
We found out that John McCain's BFF is Joe Lieberman and the New York Times likes him and hates Rudy Giuliani. That's a great way to rally the conservative base-bing up your endorsement from the Times. Oh yeah, and of course, Tim Russert couldn't wait to bring up (again) that Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Really, who cares?
The biggest surprise of the evening is that some of the commentators after the debate seemed to concede that Romney won the debate. Chris Matthews was genuinely surprised that Mitt Romney was witty. Gee, who knew that Mormons are human?