Bloggers today pounced on yesterday's GOP debate in Iowa. Many pundits hated the debate because it didn't generate any controversy and wasn't confrontational. I thought the questions probed for differences between the candidates, which is what voters want. The mistake was inviting Alan Keyes, who has nothing resembling a real campaign.
Jim Geraghty hated the GOP debate yesterday because of the boring format and uncontroversial questions. I'm amazed how many people want controversy over substance. Why can't we get answers to questions about issues?
Erick at redstate.com tells Fred Thompson he has to shake up the campaign. He thinks it's time to bring back staffers who drove the initial excitement of the campaign in the spring. I think it's too late.
Thinkprogress has a video of the funny moment in the GOP debate yesterday when the candidates refused to give an answer with a show of hands on global warming. You could get dizzy from all of the "spinning" on that issue.
Michelle Malkin takes the Republicans to task for turning green in the debate. She liked Thompson's refusal to answer on global warming but hated all of the other answers the Republicans gave about environmentalism.
Ross Douthat makes the obvious observation that Mike Huckabee is just winging it. Huckabee has raised the least money of any serious contender and has few policy advisers. His campaign is his persona.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the Huffington Post draws parallels between Hillary and Bill Clinton and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. He finds that severe hatred for the Roosevelts was matched by strong support and says that should bolster Clinton supporters.
Marc Ambinder blogs about Clinton campaign co-chairman Billy Shaheen's comments on Barack Obama's past drug use. Shaheen has since apologized, but some think this will work in Obama's favor. I'm not so sure. It was an issue for George Bush. Why not Obama?
Taylor Marsh has another take on the Obama drug issue. Obama was smart to step forward with the drug issue, but she knows the Republicans will attack Obama for this in the general election if he wins the Democratic nomination.
Captain Ed, a conservative blogger, echoes the liberal blogosphere on taking the Democratic leadership to task. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid have had little success in beating the filibuster of their legislation in the Senate.
Scott Paul at the Washington Note discusses his lobbying for the Law of the Sea Convention. The
treaty is a U.N. convention that sets laws to replace laws from 1958 governing use of the world's oceans. It seems many neoconservative activists misconstrue the issue of sovereignty in regard to the treaty.