Romney, meanwhile, was practicing not answering questions, especially about his taxes, while saying that Obama has no plan to put Americans back to work -- other than the three or four he has presented to Congress, I suppose -- and that he has done nothing to open foreign markets to American goods -- which ignores both the three free trade pacts Obama has, in fact, signed, and also the anti-China rhetoric Romney had been throwing around 5 minutes before to excuse closing steel mills while he was running Bain Capital.
As Andrew Sullivan points out, the most interesting thing about the Republican debates is that George W. Bush never gets mentioned. Most of the candidates are offering nothing but warmed over Bush policies -- more foreign wars, more tax cuts -- but they don't even bother to ask how well those policies worked last time.
Republicans have a choice between the vulture-capitalist multi-millionaire who can't keep his own positions straight from day to day and lies whenever it suits his convenience (Romney), and a fabulous field of:
- a belligerent idiot (Rick Perry)
- a fundamentalist fanatic who opposes birth control and has already declared war on Iran (Santorum)
- a libertarian crankpot who wants to set our economy back to the 1920s (Ron Paul)
- a deeply corrupt megalomaniac who sees himself as the sole worthy defender of western civilization (Gingrich)