Did anyone know that Gingrich and Cain were having a mano y mano debate last night? I had no idea. I can’t decide whether I think the idea of two candidates having a debate without any of the others is brilliant or chicken**t. (That things such as Grigrich’s and Cain’s past were mutually decided upon prior as being “off limits” suggests the latter.)
Reports that each spent most of the evening talking about how awesome the other one is also head-scratching. I was pleased that they opted to not go for the American Idol-like stage set that the other GOP debates have erected, but having the whole thing look like a trade association meeting in the Heritage Ballroom of my local Red Lion Inn felt like over compensating. That the debate was between the two candidates that I don’t think are even seriously trying to be president just makes the whole affair even more odd.
But this line from the liveblog by Ta-Nehisi Coates has Jaybird written all over it:
8:34 This is not a debate. It’s a press conference–like Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant talking to Mean Gene Olsen. I was really hoping for Piper’s Pit.