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Let’s get right to the major results of last night’s Republican presidential primary debate in New Hampshire:
1) If you picked “jobs” for your drinking game, you were knee-walking by 9:10.
2) The winner: Mitt Romney. The loser: George Stephanopoulos. His line of questioning on state efforts to ban contraception could’ve used some birth control.
In other matters (more or less chronologically):
* Nice ad lib by Rick Santorum when Ron Paul’s mic failed as he whacked Santorum for being corrupt: “It caught you not telling the truth, Ron.”
* Romney smiling while Paul and Santorum go at one another.
* Romney consistently declined to attack his GOP opponents, instead going after Barack Obama. Message: I don’t care about you.
* Paul won’t repeat “chicken hawk” reference to Newt Gingrich, but wins the battle anyway.
* Paul won’t address newsletters issues, changes the topic instead.
* ABC reprises its Debate Rewind cliplets, which are still total SportsCenter wannabes.
* Could Diane Sawyer be any more saccharine and self-satisfied? Two representative samples:
1) She calls for questions that “people in their living rooms are concerned about.” Seriously, Sawyer wouldn’t know average people if they occupied her kitchen.
2) She tells co-moderator Josh McElveen what question to ask about job creation. (Diane Sawyered is the new Tom Sawyered.)
* Jobs blah blah blah economy blah blah blah debt blah blah blah sound money blah blah blah – eyes glazing all across this great nation of ours.
* Mitt Romney: “I don’t want to criticize your questions, George, but the real question is, ‘What’s the vision?'”
Yo, Mitt: That’s exactly the question Diane Sawyer just asked. What debate are you at?
* Gingrich and Santorum whack Romney on economy. Romney responds by whacking – wait for it – Barack Obama.
* But Romney does go at Huntsman on China, leading the former Chinese ambassador to respond in – wait for it – Chinese.
Rule of thumb: Never speak Chinese at a GOP event. See Huntsman’s turn on the Colbert Report for details.
See more on Sunday’s Meet the Press.
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