As expected, the spectacle at center stage between Perry and Romney bickering over their respective interpretations of their books became a recurrent theme. Perry took the first real shots at Romney, looking much too aggressive, and coming across as too eager to hammer his opponent. Romney battled back, but as a Texan, I became embarrassed for my Governor. He looked confused at times, and ill-prepared. By contrast, the stars of the show were Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, the first revealing his fight with stage four colon and liver cancer, and expressing his strong support for Israel, and his 9-9-9 plan, with Gingrich providing the real wit in the crowd. Bachmann was flat, while Romney was wooden.
Cain had many great lines, but among his best was this gem:
“Ronald Reagan said we’re a shining city on a hill. We’ve slid down that hill.”
“My next-door neighbors two dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than this current administration.”