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The thing is if you make a list of the 100 qualities and skills a president needs to succeed, the capacity to administer epic beat-downs of liberal journalists is pretty far down the list. So Newt’s debate triumphs really tell us nothing about his ability to be president, or even his ability to win debates in a general election. Since when has the candidate for president in a general election who shows the most bombast and ill-temper won a debate? Al Gore just sighed and lost a debate. John Ziegler is particularly good on this theme.