The much anticipated debate between Republican presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Rick Perry (and a few others)  took place last night and the results were largely as expected with the two top nominees duking it out leaving the other candidates fighting for their table scraps.

Romney who is more experienced in the debate arena than Perry as a result of his presidential run in 2008 held his own and didn’t make any major mistakes though his answer to a question on whether or not he was a member of the Tea Party was a cop out.

Perry who will probably get better as time goes by disappointed the liberal media with a solid performance and not coming off as a country bumpkin though his calling of Social Security a Ponzi scheme will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows in states like Florida with a large senior citizen population.

Ron Paul showed that he deserves to be a part of the conversation if for nothing more than he knows Rick Perry better than anyone else in the GOP field and isn’t afraid to go on the offensive against the current front runner.

Michele Bachmann who won the Ames, Iowa straw poll appeared to be lost as she tried to find the voice that made her a media phenom earlier in the campaign and stumbled badly when asked a question about illegal immigration.

Jon Huntsman only enhanced his RINO credentials when he went criticized the other candidates for refusing to recognize global warming as a threat and supporting the theory of evolution.  He also said a conservative candidate couldn’t win the presidency which should signal the end of his campaign but probably won’t just yet.

Newt Gingrich probably got in one of the best lines of the night when he accused the moderator, John Harris of Politico of ” trying to get Republicans to fight with each other,” with his line of questioning.  But overall Gingrich showed he is still a policy wonk at heart who sounds good but puts everyone to sleep.

Herman Cain who has been wowing crowds with his speeches but has polled poorly didn’t do much to rise above the rest of the field and may have hurt his chances when he said that we need to fix FEMA and TSA rather than abolish them or use a free market solution.  That’ s all we need is to keep throwing more good money after bad.

Rick Santorum looked very concerned, worried or constipated and didn’t do anything to improve his chances of winning the nomination and makes me wonder why he is in the race except to feed his own ego.  Then again the same can probably be said of many of the candidates.

With several more debates scheduled it might be nice to have an American Idol elimination vote so that we can narrow the field and get to some more serious discussion of the issues rather than this merry-go-round format that is necessitated by a bloated field.

In the end the debates might give voters a clearer view of who they will want to support but the eventual nominee will still have to win the primaries next year and what they said last night might easily be forgotten in a few months when the real battle begins.

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The longer Al Sharpton sits in the anchor chair at MSNBC the more embarrassment he brings to the network.

Sharpton was criticizing Michele Bachmann for her public statements on the EPA when he came p with this gem.

http://www.mrctv.org/embed/104486

Let’s send Al back to teleprompter reading school.

CNN anchor Don Lemon criticized GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann for not veering from her campaign talking points but found room enough to praise former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for being candid.

Lemon showed clips of Bachmann sticking to her talking points when being interviewed last Sunday after her victory in the Ames Straw Poll and gave her a small break by saying that the media was partially responsible since they asked her the same questions so she was likely to give the same answers.

It’s also called consistency.

What Bachmann is doing is playing it safe which is s smart strategy for someone who has never run for national office before and if the worst thing the media can criticize her for is repeating talking points then she is doing a pretty good job.

By sticking to her message Bachmann lessens the chances that she will make any major mistakes and that’s what Lemon is really complaining about.  The lack of opportunity to nail Bachmann to the wall.

Surprisingly Lemon praised Palin for being what he called “refreshingly candid” in his interview with her over the weekend but Palin has had the advantage of running for national office and is now much more at ease in speaking to the media off the cuff.

Lemon claimed that his goal is to get politicians of all stripes to dump the talking points and said that he will be watching President Obama’s bus tour for the reason but don’t expect much of the same criticism heaped on Bachmann no matter how many times he repeats the same talking points as he did yesterday in Minnesota.

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Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar sound off against GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s signing of a pledge against gay marriage and pornography.

The pledge issued by Iowa group The Family Leader has since been amended to remove the reference to slavery but that wasn’t good enough for Whoopi.

While there is no defense for the slavery section at least it has been removed so Whoopi should just calm down.  It’s so typical of liberals like her to see racism in everything conservatives do and this is no exception.

As for Behar she made light of the gay issue by saying Bachmann had 150 foster kids and one of them was bound to be gay and that no one believes that being gay is a choice.  Really?  I know plenty of people who think exactly that and take issue with the so called science claiming that homosexuality is genetic.

Also Behar poked fun at the anti-pornography clause of The Family Leader’s pledge by telling the audience that if porn is banned wives will have to sleep with their husbands again.  Where is NOW when you need them?

Pornography is one of the most destructive addictions on the planet and has destroyed countless lives and marriages and resulted in women being verbally and physically abused.  And Behar is making fun of it.  Women’s rights groups should be outraged that she said this but since Behar is a liberal she will get off scot-free.

The lone conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck didn’t help Bachmann by saying that teh signing of the pledge effectively put the nail in her coffin for her presidential hopes.