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Debate Wrap-Up and “Act of Valor” Screening

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Orlando Debate: Newt, Cain, Santorum Shine, Romney Steady, Perry Stumbles

My column provides the debate wrap-up, but its conclusion is obvious to everyone leafing through the various post-telecast assessments: Mitt Romney had a very good night as did Rick Santorum; everyone else not so great.

The debate season takes a three week break now —full calendar here— and when it resumes in New Hampshire on 10/11, I expect Governor Perry will be considerably more focused in his attacks on Governor Romney, and that Romney will continue to focus on the failed presidency unfolding before us. The epic incompetence of Barack Obama has combined with the president’s perpetual and unjustified self-regard to turn 2012 into a very stark political battlefield. The uniform opinion among callers is that they will rally behind whomever is the nominee, regardless of differences over this policy or that.

Though the debate moderators again and again refuse to open the floor to wide-ranging assessments of Obama, that is where the candidates need to all go regardless of question. The moderators want intraparty fights, the GOP electorate wants to see who is best prepared to take the battle to Obama.

RNC Chairman Reince Preibus joins my guest host today,’s Larry O’Connor, and I hope Larry presses the Chairman on the panels that will superintend the GOP-sponsored debates. Last night’s trio from Fox was the best yet –and Megyn Kelly the best of the three– but there is still a need to allow the candidates to demonstrate how they would carry the fight to the president, and narrow questions with absurd time limits don’t permit that.

Off to a San Diego wedding, but if you are a pastor, priest, monk, rabbi or para-church professional or know one, grab one of the invites to the screening next Thursday of Act of Valor. Original post on the film is here. Free reservations for the Thursday, 9/29 pastors’ screening in Orange, California can be made here.

UPDATE: And for movie-goers this weekend, here’s John Hanlon’s Big Hollywood review of Moneyball.


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