I will write this disclaimer, I did not watch the Republican presidential debate tonight from the Reagan Library. Like many, I was coming home from work and since MSNBC had a monopoly on it, I had to listen to instant analysis from Hugh Hewitt http://hughhewitt.com.
While Mr. Hewitt did make the disclaimer that he is the author of the book on Mitt Romney, "A Mormon In The White House? 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Mitt Romney," According to him, many in the blogosphere, and National Review http://nationalreview.com, Mitt Romney won the debate and may have had the breakout moment of his candidacy making him finally a serious second or even front runner on the GOP side.
I will say this. As much as Chris Matthews is more or less a partisan hack for the Democrats, he was a much better moderator for this than say, oh Keith Olberman, who worships at the God of the Democrat donkey.
This much from my perusing the web, Mr. Matthews asked some dumb questions, but got pretty good responses from Mr. Romney, which made him look presidential and one who could go tow-to-tow with an Obama or Hilary.
Apparently, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) looked not all that good and Rudy Giuliani looked rather out of his element and fumbled around some serious questions which Republican voters look seriously at and one was on faith. Not that it is not important to some Democrats, but a majority of Republican voters see this as a hot button issue.
The second tier showed that this was a good night for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and California congressman Duncan Hunter. A lousy night for, in no particular order, former Wisconsin Gov, Tommy Thompson, congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo), congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex) and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas).
All in all, a good night for Mitt Romney and a good chance to start moving up in the poll.
Hopefully, MSNBC will show this debate over the weekend and I can give complete analysis.