GOP Debate Highlights

I didn't watch the Republican presidential debate tonight. As I've said before, I'm just not ready, and I don't see much of a point in the debates until they weed out the deadwood (i.e. Ron Paul, Sam Brownback, Tommy Thompson, et al). John over Power Line thinks my main man Rudy came off the best. He also had this interesting analysis:

I should emphasize that this was a great night for the Republican Party. The contrast between these candidates and what the Dems have to offer was laughable. And they didn't take the bait to attack one another. They disagreed, but in an adult, respectful, substantive way, while expressing respect for the other candidates. Mitt Romney, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani were all exemplary in this respect. It was good, too, that immigration didn't crowd out everything else. And when CNN went off on a rather weird evolution/gays in the military/would you pardon Scooter Libby sequence, the candidates rose above it and didn't allow themselves to be stereotyped. All in all, an excellent night for the Republicans.

There may still be hope.

UPDATE: Hot Air has a roundup of reviews from the major bloggers...and it's a landslide: everyone (except Michelle Malkin, who thinks no one won) says Rudy won.