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The Debate as of an Hour Ago

(I’m watching the debate on a delay.)

A couple of points on what I’ve seen so far, more later.

1) Not loving Romney’s flirting with protectionism, partly because I doubt he really believes what he’s saying.

2) Pawlenty: Nothing says presidential more than promising to mow people’s lawns.

3) Bachmann’s positive answer to why she’s qualified to be president is that opposing Obama is a qualification. It is part of what qualifies someone as far as I’m concerned! But I’d prefer some executive experience and some results.

4) Chris Wallace is being very annoying. I thought Gingrich’s “gotcha questions” bit was a cheap shot, but Wallace should have let it go instead of harping on it twice (so far).

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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