A few thoughts about the great condom debate:
Rick Santorum had a terrific night. He was at the center of the action for once, and showed knowledge and poise. He didn’t score any major points on Romney, but he demonstrated he belongs in the top tier. To have a pretty full day of campaigning and then show up and turn in this kind of performance with apparently no debate prep to speak of is quite impressive. He benefited from not having to beg for attention.
Newt Gingrich continues to demonstrate he can go places where the other candidates just can’t, in terms of his depth of knowledge (he even knows a lot about New Hampshire infrastructure, apparently) and of quickness on his feet (few people would have thought to turn around the gay question on the moderators, or done it so powerfully). You wonder, though, whether it gets him anything. Everyone already knows he’s top notch in these forums.
Ron Paul was the cranky attack dog. It’s not clear he could say anything to grow or diminish his support much at this point. Jon Huntsman was at his most annoying, and that is saying quite a lot. The question with him is whether he can ever win a hearing commensurate with his conservative positions given his tendency to lecture conservatives and his off-putting manners. After tonight, the answer seems to be definitely 没有.