The group blog of The New Republic
June 5, 2007
Given that New Hampshire is home to the Free State Project, it should come as no surprise that Ron Paul currently has the largest group of supporters outside the debate hall this evening. Amidst cheers for "We want McCain!" and "Rudy! Rudy!" the Paulies are imploring: "Abolish the IRS!" "No Real I.D!" and, most hysterical, "No Federal Reserve!" I'm sure there's other federal agencies whose abolishment they're calling for, but I was only outside for 5 minutes.
On CNN's pre-debate lead-up, Ed Rollins just recalled that Fred Thompson "didn't like the long hours as a U.S. senator." Well, we do know Bush gets to bed at 10 PM most nights...
McCain just dissed Hillary on Iraq -- and got the first applause of the debate.
And the first Reagan invocation of the night goes to -- Mike Huckabee. Well done, governor.
So far and the most interesting thing to me is a difference between Romney and Giuliani: The former refused to say whether he thinks the Iraq war was a mistake. Giuliani stated in no uncertain terms that he thinks it was not a mistake. That'll be an interesting position to defend in a general election campaign....
Meanwhile, does Mitt really think it's clever to call that question is a "null set"? What the hell is he talking about?
"Well, he's my friend."
--Mitt Romney on John McCain, who trashed his stance on immigration
Rudy says he's read all 400 pages of the Senate immigration bill. C'mon.
Wolf Blitzer asks the tough immigration question: Do we need a fence along the Canadian border?
Tommy Thompson first cites his many vetoes as being the reason why he's the real conservative in the race. I guess that doesn't make Bush a conservative.
Rudy begins an answer about his differences with Catholic leaders over abortion--and lightning fritzes out his microphone. Totally awesome symbolism!