Wow, that’s entertainment! The Republican debate in Vegas was like a showdown at the O.K. Corral. An initial concerted group attack on Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 economic plan soon led to attacks amongst all, but mostly on Mitt Romney, who briefly lost his characteristically Ken Doll composure. At one point Romney placed his hand on Rick Perry’s shoulder, and one expected a brawl might ensue.
Cain was unable to adequately defend his plan. Rick Santorum pointed out that lower- and middle-income individuals would carry a disproportionate burden of the 9-9-9 plan. Romney lucidly observed that people will end up paying not only their own state sales tax, but an additional federal 9 percent tax. Cain disagreed, responding with a vague analogy of apples and oranges. He will need to elaborate if he intends to get that dog to hunt.
Perry and Romney faced off regarding recent attacks on Romney’s faith as a Mormon. Romney pointed out that the founding fathers firmly believed in freedom of religion.
While all candidates railed against big government and big spending, only Ron Paul would support large cuts to the bloated defense budget. The others squirmed nervously at the thought.
Perry rallied. Newt Gingrich promised Lincoln/Douglas-style debates.
Bring on the popcorn.