The Corner

Rudy’s night

A great debate—unlike all the prior ones, Republican and Democratic. On the whole you have to conclude this was Giuliani’s night, and not only because of the Ron Paul fiasco. He was confident and in control, seemed serious and thoughtful, he handled himself like the front-runner. His abortion answer, while certainly not satisfying on substantive grounds (to me), was the best he’s done on this issue—infinitely better than he did even earlier this week. Huckabee came in second, as he did last time. Romney and McCain each did a perfectly fine job, but just didn’t stand out somehow.

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.