GOP debate open thread

Rumor has it there’s a big debate tonight in California for the Republican presidential candidates. I’ll have plenty to say about the event in the morning, but in the meantime, I thought I’d leave up an open thread for those who tuned in.

Who do you think won? How was Rick Perry in his first debate, not only as a presidential candidate, but as a politician in a long while? How awkward were Mitt Romney’s canned jokes? Who was the first candidate on the stage to promise to change his or her name to “Ronald Reagan”? Who went after whom most and why?

The floor is yours.

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Steve Benen

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.