Iowa Debate, Round Three

Michele Bachmann must love Ron Paul. On foreign policy, she sounds like Solon standing next to Ron Paul. She must be praying that if she doesn’t win the straw poll Ron Paul does.

Rick Santorum just declared himself for gay rights . . . in Iran.

Herman Cain invoked the nonsensical program of “energy independence.” Energy autarky is a dumb idea on its own; energy autarky as a weapon against Iran is silly.

In fact, nobody sounded that convincing on what to do about Iran. Not that there’s a good answer.

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