Mitt Romney prevailed in yet another GOP debate. He was the home team candidate on his home turf: the economy and jobs. He's comfortable on the stage and is at least a full notch above the other candidates.
Herman Cain easily batted down an early question about the sexual harassment allegations made against him. It helped that the audience booed the questioner and Romney took a pass on challenging him. Unless the allegations get worse, it's unlikely that any of his rivals will go near the issue.
Cain also scored well with his message of tax simplification. He's getting better at explaining his 9-9-9 plan -- however flawed it may be -- and the message of a simple tax code resonates well.
Newt Gingrich was also very solid. He's running against the media and his combativeness with the moderators was very appealing to Republican voters. If Romney doesn't begin to attract more support within his party, Gingrich could be a surprise winner in one or more of the early primary states. He's definitely moved into the top tier of this relatively weak field.
Rick Perry did nothing more than recite slogans -- which he couldn't even memorize. His inability to remember his own talking points made it was his worst debate yet. He's finished as a viable candidate. He'll live on forever in videos of debate gaffes.
Ron Paul was the most ideologically consistent candidate but his ideas are way out of the mainstream even within today's Republican party. Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman simply take time away from the other candidates.
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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-- Chuck Todd, NBC News political director
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-- Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report
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-- Larry Sabato, Center for Politics, University of Virginia
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-- Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe
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-- Dotty Lynch, CBS News political consultant
"Taegan Goddard has a knack for digging out political gems that too
often get passed over by the mainstream press, and for delivering the
latest electoral developments in a sharp, no frills style that makes
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-- Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post
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-- Glenn Reynolds, founder of Instapundit
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