In about 15 minutes, the remaining Republican presidential candidates will

In about an hour or so, the six remaining Republican presidential candidates will take the stage at St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire for yet another debate, this one co-sponsored by ABC News, Yahoo News, and WMUR. It takes place, of course, just three days before the nation’s first primary.

While it may seem as if this endless stream of debates has been endless, I’d note that this is the first since Dec. 15. The lovely reprieve, alas, is over, and will get worse — there will be another debate tomorrow morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

In any case, we’ve seen several instances in which candidates have talked tough before a debate, vowing to take on frontrunner Mitt Romney, only to back off once on the stage. If I had to bet $10,000, I’d say tonight will tell a different story — if any of these guys are going interrupt Romney’s coronation, they’re going to have start making an effort to bring him down a notch.

That said, since Romney is a lock to win the primary, there’s also likely to be some tension among the other candidates, too, since each is trying to be the leading anti-Romney. Pay particular attention to the attacks directed at Ron Paul.

I’ll probably have some thoughts on this in the morning. In the meantime, the floor is yours.

Our ideas can save democracy... But we need your help! Donate Now!

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.