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Another debate, another showing that there are two front runners, with a third candidate on the other coast who may or may not be first tier.

Will Mayor Giuliani and Governor Romney decide that they need an extended conversation between themselves, with one or two moderators? If they agreed to such an extended conversation –especially if it came a few days after General Petraeus makes his report, and especially if it was limited to the war and foreign policy– the race would enter a phase of serious conversation between the two serious candidates.

I know the Fred Heads will be upset, but until you compete in the preliminaries, I don’t think you get invited to the play-offs.

On last night’s debate:

From Team Romney:

Riehl World View’s Dan Riehl: “Based solely on my viewing the flow of the numbers from start to finish – on average, I honestly believe Romney resonated most strongly with the most people, conservative and moderate, in terms of the over all debate.” (Dan Riehl, Riehl World View, 9/5/07)

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Conservative Blogger’s William Smith: “Mitt gives a great answer with regard to the responsibility of city government and state government.” (William Smith, Conservative Blogger, http://www.conservativeblogger.com/archives/2007/09/debate_live_blog.php, 9/5/07)

The American Spectator’s Jennifer Rubin: Romney “[s]ays we have to have concern for the mother and change hearts and minds. Very nicely done.” (Jennifer Rubin, The American Spectator, AmSpec Blog, http://www.spectator.org/blogger.asp#7970, 9/5/07)

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “The focus on Romney and Giuliani reinforced the notion that the race right now is between those two men with former Sen. Fred Thompson who did not attend the debate as a potential wildcard.” (Chris Cillizza, “GOP Debate Wrapup: Frontrunners Under Fire,”The Washington Post’s The Fix, http://blog.washingtonpost.com, Posted 9/5/07)Heading Right’s Macranger: “Romney immediately scored with his point about de facto amnesty, and he talks about shutting down the ‘magnets’. Romney’s doing great so far…” (Macranger, Heading Right, Heading Right Blog, http://headingright.com/page/2/, 9/5/07)

The Washington Post’s Eric Pianin: “Romney’s response drew loud cheers; Giuliani’s polite cheers. It speaks to the difficulty of any candidate who has something less than a black and white position when it comes to immigration.” (Eric Pianin and Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post The Fix Blog, http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/, Posted 9/5/07)

Pianin: “Romney is working hard to make sure viewers know that he and Giuliani differ when it comes to immigration, seemingly slipping in the fact that New York was a ‘sanctuary’ city at every turn.”(Eric Pianin and Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post The Fix Blog, http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/, Posted 9/5/07)

National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez: “That was a serious answer from Romney [regarding intelligence and the War on Terror]. It channelled [sic] his own decision to refuse protection for an Iranian tyrant -one of those who is against us – while governor of Massachusetts. Going into mosques if they preach terror is a reasonable and necessary position. And one that someone who gets the stakes would espouse.” (Kathryn Jean Lopez, “Going Into Mosques,”National Review’s The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com, 9/5/07)

The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder: “Otherwise, Romney, being very familiar with New Hampshire’s inner maw, had well-thought out answers for every other question, even as three of the first four turned, in some measure, on whether he flip-flopped.” (Marc Ambinder, “And The Winners Are….,”The Atlantic Blog, http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com, Posted 9/5/07)

National Review’s Kate O’Beirne: “Romney’s ‘462 events’ In Iowa and New Hampshire alone also effective.” (Kate O’Beirne, “Ready For The Questions,”National Review’s The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com, Posted 9/5/07)

Townhall’s Mary Katherine Ham: “Mitt has a good line about his ‘right to be kept alive’ with respect to the government’s response to terror.” (Mary Katherine Ham, Townhall, Townhall blog, http://www.townhall.com/blog/MaryKatharineHam, 9/5/07)

Heading Right’s JASmius: “So far, I think Romney gave the best answer [on immigration and sanctuary cities].” (JASmius, Heading Right, Heading Right Blog, http://headingright.com/page/2/, 9/5/07)

The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder: “My gut instinct … Rudy Giuliani won.”(Marc Ambinder, “And The Winners Are….,”The Atlantic’s Blog, http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2007/09/and_
the_winners_are.php
, 9/5/07, Accessed 9/5/07)

Ambinder: “The crowd seemed to like Giuliani’s every answer on subjects resting on all three legs of the Republican stool.” (Marc Ambinder, “And The Winners Are….,”The Atlantic’s Blog, http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2007/09/and_the_winners_are.php, 9/5/07, Accessed 9/5/07)

Ambinder: “[G]iuliani just sounds like a guy who knows what he’s talking about.” (Marc Ambinder, “And The Winners Are….,”The Atlantic’s Blog, http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2007/09/and_the_winners_are.php, 9/5/07, Accessed 9/5/07)

National Review’s Kate O’Beirne: “[G]iuliani scored a hit … by raising importance of executive experience.” (Kate O’Beirne, “Ready For The Question,”National Review’s “The Corner” Blog, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ODY3MTJlOTUwZGQ0MjlkNWIwZjM4NmI4NzI3MGYzMjM, 9/5/07,
Accessed 9/5/07)

O’Beirne said Giuliani gave a “strong answer” on cutting taxes. (Kate O’beirne, “Taxes,”National Review’s “The Corner” Blog, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=
NmYzZmM2NWM1NDI4YjQwNDg5NmQxZjgxMzdjY2E2Mzk
=, 9/5/07, Accessed 9/5/07)

National Review’s Rich Lowry: “[Giuliani] is so good in these debates.” (James Lowry, “One Pledge,” National Review’s “The Corner” Blog, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=
YzNiODFmZTc3MjA3MDkxMGU4YTYxYjNiYTdiMWZhMTc
=, 9/5/07, Accessed 9/5/07)

Lowry said Giuliani gave “a strong answer on Gitmo and Iraq.” (Rich Lowry, “Liberal Media,” National Review’s “The Corner” Blog, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=
NGIxMzBiNWEyYjk5NDc1YzFjNmMxNzhkYTIzOTgzNjQ
=, 9/5/07, Accessed 9/5/07)

The American Spectator’s Jennifer Rubin: “Overall tonight … Rudy is very solid” and “doesn’t bat an eye or get miffed.” (Jennifer Rubin, “Cameron At The Diner,” The American Spectator’s “AmSpecBlog,” http://www.spectator.org/blogger.asp?BlogID=7992, 9/5/07, Accessed 9/5/07)

Rubin: “Giuliani knocks out of ball park on crime …” (Jennifer Rubin, “Amnesty,” The American Spectator’s “AmSpecBlog,” http://www.spectator.org/blogger.asp?BlogID=7981, 9/5/07, Accessed 9/5/07) Rubin: “Rudy looked like he was having fun …” (Jennifer Rubin, “Marry Who You Love?,” The American Spectator’s “AmSpecBlog,” http://www.spectator.org/blogger.asp?BlogID=7982, 9/5/07, Accessed 9/5/07) The [Manchester] Union Leader’s Drew Cline called Mayor Giuliani’s response on guns a “good answer.” (Drew Cline, “The Debate,” The [Manchester] Union Leader’s Blog, http://blogs.unionleader.com/andrew-cline/?p=884, 9/5/07, Accessed 9/5/07)

The end.

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