I guest-hosted "Hannity" last night, so I couldn't see the last (?) Republican presidential debate in real time. I did, however, see the later replay.
Mitt Romney gave a strong performance. Not his best debate showing, but strong enough that he has regained both his political confidence and dominant position vis-a-vis the other candidates. He was assertive, even combative at times, and frankly that's what we're going to need going up against Barack Obama. He helped himself last night by not hurting himself and holding his ground.
Rick Santorum began the evening shaky, defensive, and a little unsure of himself. He had a much better second half, particularly on the questions related to Iran and the Middle East. His problem is that he looked a bit run over by both Mitt and Newt. I think last night's performance made it more difficult to envision him as president.
Newt Gingrich had a terrific night. He seemed to return to his earliest debate roots, when he was relaxed and calm, tough, and focused on Barack Obama instead of beating up his GOP rivals. At the start of this process, he had nothing to lose and it showed in his fabulous debate performances. Last night, once again he looked like he had nothing to lose---and blew the roof off. I'm not sure that he can regain enough momentum at this point to come back, but stranger things have happened in politics. (See: Obama beating the Clinton machine.)
Ron Paul is Ron Paul: great on the Fed, inflation, monetary policy, spending and the debt, terrible on national security and foreign policy.
On Tuesday we shall see what the voters in Michigan and Arizona think. Fasten your seatbelts.