Just a couple of quick links to where else I've been writing today: my debate wrap for Plum Line, in which I made Anderson Cooper the big loser for messing up the 47% statistic, and a new column at TNR about why the GOP field wound up the way it did. I figured I'd also put up this post if anyone has any comments on the GOP debate.
I haven't done the question count yet, but the usual CNN themes were there: a long, annoying introduction; an unusually large number of basic issue questions, and few if any gotcha questions; and a noisy audience. Other than the question I complained about on substantive grounds, the other question I hated was a political question at the end from Cooper about which of them would be best to take on Barack Obama. I hate that stuff. On the other hand, I miss the silly personal questions. I guess they dropped them after all the mocking, and you sort of have to mock them, but I didn't mind them very much.
While I'm here later at night than usual, I'll mention that anyone who read my criticism of Alec MacGillis's piece yesterday should read his response today. Also, a piece of housekeeping...I've been meaning to get this on the record at some point: thanks to everyone who sends me notice of my (many) typos, either in comments or via email. My policy is that pure typo corrections I make cleanly (without, that is, noting that I've corrected it), while if there's any substantive correction to make I'll indicate the correction clearly; if it's a very significant correction, I'll not only note it clearly in the original post but also write a new post to point it out. While I'm at it -- I try to remember anything that I say that's phrased as a prediction, so that I can 'fess up if I get it wrong, but I don't do it systematically.
And with that, I'm off to thank whoever is in charge of these things for sparing us any more GOP debates for a few weeks. Also, happy Hoshanah Rabah to all.