In about 20 minutes, CNN will kick off the first real debate of the 2012 cycle in New Hampshire. Unlike that gathering in South Carolina last month, this one will feature several credible candidates.

Sharing the stage this evening will be Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Ron Paul. It’s scheduled to last two hours.

I won’t be live-blogging the event, though I intend to write about it in the morning, but in the meantime, I thought I’d leave an open thread up for those tuning in. Who do you think fared the best tonight? The worst? Any memorable lines or embarrassing screw-ups? Were the questions sensible or awful? Did the non-Romney candidates spend more time going after President Obama or the GOP frontrunner?

The floor is yours.

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Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.