Over the years, I have come to loathe U.S. Presidential debates.
I've viewed (double entendre intended) them as one of the rare curses of my profession. I've watched because I know clients will ask me what I thought about the candidates' performances.
On those occasions when I've had a horse in the race, of course, the debates were inherently more interesting, and the stakes more important.
Otherwise, most debates are like police work: long periods of boredom broken periodically by a moment of excitement.
Tonight's Fox News/Washington Examiner sponsored Republican Primary Debate from Ames, Iowa was different. I found it entertaining.
Kudos go to Bret Baier who wins top prize for a superb job as moderator. He has the talent of asking good questions, keeping things mostly on track, without being self-important. He has what some of the candidates lack, that sense of being a fun guy to be with.
So what did I think of the candidates?
Here, 90 minutes after the debate was over, and without having taken any notes to refer to, is what I still remember: