I saw the debate tonight although I was unable to live blog it. However, a number of other bloggers did, including Jim Addison at Wizbang Politics. Before I get to that, some of my thoughts:
I was amazed at how inane the questions were. What’s with “do you believe in evolution?” With all the turmoil going on in the world, that’s a question Matthews chose to use? Or “would it be good for America for Bill Clinton to be back in the White House?” What kinds of question is that? Although I loved Romney’s reaction: “You’ve got to be kidding.”
On the whole, I was impressed with Mitt Romney. Heading Right also liked Romney’s performance as well. John McCain came off as very forceful although he stammered and stumbled periodically. Nonetheless, Red State thinks McCain won the debate at first glance because he “served up a dish of anger, a willingness to criticize, and a desire to fight — hard.”
I learned a lot more about Mike Huckabee tonight and decided I like him too.
At Power Line, Paul again believes McCain was the most impressive, while John thinks Romney won this round.
Hot Air has an open thread going as well as a poll, which at this point, has Romney winning the debate.
Michelle Malkin live blogged the debate as well and also has blogger reaction.
John Hawkins thought former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee won tonight with Mitt Romney coming in second.
Update II: I didn’t comment on the fact that the GOP’s first debate was on MSNBC, a network wholly and publicly anti GOP, while the Democrats just can’t take facing Brit Hume. Lorie also made a similar comment at her post on Wizbang Politics:
Ugh, the worst — Keith Olbermann doing post-debate coverage. Republicans can handle Olby, but Dems can’t face Brit Hume. I just can’t get over that.
I couldn’t bring myself to watch the post debate analysis because Keith Olbermann was hosting. It was simply too much to listen to him.