Style: Confident, droll, pure Newt. Avoided taking on his rivals, even when asked explicitly to do so, instead cleverly and honestly praising them (following the current Republican rules of combat and looking like a grown-up as a bonus). But showed a tendency to overdo the jargon.
Substance: His best debate yet at playing the smartest person on the stage. Gave a sweeping, point-by-point answer on how to deal with Iran.
His worst moment: None stood out.
His best moment: Lit up the room with his tough talk on the war on terror.
The main thing: Still flaunting his knowledge rather than taking on Romney. Seems to feel that Newt being Newt is enough to win — given his recent success and upswing — and that isn't a crazy notion. But he has done nothing to shore up his vulnerabilities, leaving him wide open when and if Mitt needs to go negative on the former Speaker.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Mark Halperin of Time gives Newt the best grade from Saturday's CBS debate
Mark Halperin of Timegave Newt the best grade from tonight's debate: