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GOP debate falls flat; Keyes most interesting part

I just watched the Des Moines Register’s Republican debate, the last GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses. I almost got whiplash when Alan Keyes showed up. It took me a while to even remember who he was, and I’m still wondering what he was doing there. It was a bit like seeing a streaker running across the stage … much more interesting and provoking than the scheduled event. He sounded like a gatecrasher who had managed to grab the microphone a couple of times and deliver parts of some personal diatribe.

The comic relief aside, I thought Mitt Romney did very well. Still, there is something a little too “slick” about him. Mike Huckabee didn’t impress at all; I found that surprising considering his first-place standing in the Iowa polls. His folksiness is beginning to grate. Rudy Giuliani sounded better than I expected, considering all the negative press he’s been getting recently. McCain sounded like … McCain. (I wish he’d stop using that “my friends” line; it’s presumptuous.)

I missed the introduction of the moderator. I don’t know who she was, but she was pathetic. Deadpan, cold, oblivious. A robot could have done as well, and would have been a lot more entertaining. I suspect she and Keyes will grab a huge share of the media’s attention in the analyses of today’s proceedings.

"There is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, If only we’re brave enough to be it." ~ Amanda Gorman

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