I watched the debate, and I must say I was impressed with the aptitude that the Republicans handled themselves. I suppose that after years and years of being exposed to Republican ineptitude, its refreshing to be exposed to the flip-side of it.

Here’s the most interesting thing to come out of this debate; given the huge field of the early Republican lineup of candidates that prevented Paul from elaborating much more on what makes him so very different from the rest of the pack, and the scant 90 minutes afforded the public to know who they are, Paul did as well as he possibly could going from near last to FIRST place.

This shake-up is very interesting.

BEFORE the Republican “debates”:
  1. Giuliani 41%
  2. McCain 31%
  3. Romney 28%
  4. Huckabee 14%
  5. Thompson 11%
  6. Tancredo 10%
  7. Brownback 10%
  8. Paul 9%
  9. Hunter 7%
  10. Gilmore 4%
AFTER the Republican “debate” at 9:28am the next morning:
  1. Paul 35%
  2. Romney 30%
  3. Giuliani 25%
  4. McCain 20%
  5. Huckabee 16%
  6. Tancredo 10%
  7. Brownback 9%
  8. Thompson 9%
  9. Hunter 8%
  10. Gilmore 7%

Here’s where you can watch and judge for yourself:
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