The Joe Biden of the Republican Party. Even gave a shout-out to Joe by name. It’s hard to see what he adds.
A flawless performance. His defense of attacking the Line Item Veto — tying it into strict constructionism — turns a negative into a plus. He had the better of the exchange with Romney. 2nd best of hte evening.
If McCain and Giuliani are best suited for fighting a general election campaign, Huckabee is best placed for emphasizing conservative principles. Issues that are currently non-starters but nonetheless part of the conservative agenda, such as the fair tax, are excellently described by Mike. No chance without Romney imploding, but a perfect VP for a conservative nominee.
A one issue candidate: anti-China.
Dazzlingly perfect. The vigorous defense of conservative principles, from law taxes to free trade, was a welcome break with the ever creeping populism. If only his “Maverikism” didn’t keep doing things like joining the Left’s war on science. Best of the evening.
The John Kerry of the Republican Party. Yesterday I wondered if his consult-the-lawyers comment was liberal-nonsense or vacuous-nonsense. It’s definitely vacuous. Just as Kerry surely as a liberal core, Romney surely has a conservative one. Somewhere. Worst of the evening.
A one issue candidate: restoration of the Constitutional regime of 1929. Unlike Hunter and Tancredo, Paul’s stance isn’t so much wrong as quixotic. It’s not going to happen.
A one issue candidate: anti-immigration.
If the nick against McCain is that he’s too old, it’s hard to see how Thompson has a chance. Disengaged and noncharismatic, Fred’s a long way from the man who made his splash on YouTube. Second worst of the evening.