Tonight’s debate from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa will be the first debate I will be able to watch live. The previous debates were held at a time when I was at work and unable to watch them.
Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will be on the stage sans Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman.
The chattering class is labeling this debate as a showdown between frontrunners Gingrich and Romney.
For all intents and purposes Bachman is no longer viable as the GOP nominee. Rick Perry seems unable, even after extensive debate training, to quell doubts that he is presidential material and Ron Paul, well, for me is discounted because of his untenable positions on Iran, the gold standard and pork for his state.
Conservatives will have tonight’s debate to take a closer look at Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
Will Newt lose his cool if the shots from his opponents get lethal? Will Ron Paul continue to make quirky comments in which he blames America for the attacks of September 11th? Will Michele Bachmann pursue the role of ankle biter by being negative? Will Santorum get the air time he needs to convey his message? Will Romney try to goad the “new Newt” into some kind of gaffe, and more importantly, will he be able to defend himself against his reversals and controversial positions especially since he is perceived as “the father” of the Massachusetts model for Obamacare?