Well, I dozed again--and I wish I hadn't. I was in and out, but what I saw was much better than the first debate, and I'll give props to the Fox panel for that. Hume, Wallace, and the other guy whose name I don't know all did a fine job of asking genuinely "fair and balanced" questions. They probed, held some feet to the fire, and were generally much more focused than Chris Matthews, who generally isn't focused at all.
McCain seemed less nervous. Romney was smooth as usual. Giuliani was quick on his feet.
There were several challenges from the second-tier candidates calling into question the real conservatism of the top three, and made for some interesting exchanges.
But not being a conservative Republican, I'm afraid I'm not overly impressed with the substance of any of their answers. And Ron Paul made some loopy charge that 9/11 happened in part because we bombed Iraq...which Giuliani batted down.
All distanced themselves from the former Republican Congress's straying from the principles of fiscal conservatism. Brownback got the biggest laugh when he said that Congress had spent more money than "John Edwards in a beauty shop."
Edited by Spectacles, 16 May 2007 - 09:55 AM.