I watched every minute of Monday night’s Republican debate from New Hampshire. The seven candidates lined up on the stage, I believe, did a fine job for the most part. Yes, I can quibble with some of the answers, and those who are regular readers of this blog know I am not a fan of Mitt Romney, in particular. Yet all, Romney included, exuded a certain confidence in what they believe, and were able to communicate their own message.

Michele Bachmann used the debate as the opportunity to make it official that she indeed is a committed candidate, and I think she acquitted herself well, coming across as knowledgeable and experienced. That was probably a shock to some. Next to Sarah Palin, she has probably been the most maligned by the mainstream media. What is it about conservative women that throws them into a tizzy?

Newt Gingrich had a rough week, and I think it showed on his face and in the way he conducted himself. He seemed too forceful to me, as if he felt this might be his only chance to redeem his flagging campaign.

That Greek cruise wasn’t the brightest idea.

No one really tried to challenge Romneycare, but all focused instead on Obama. Fine for now, but someone needs to step up and make a real point about Romney’s endorsement of an individual mandate in Massachusetts. His criticism of Obamacare falls flat when you look at his history.

You can expect the big guns to come out soon even as the media continues its false appearance of impartiality.

Breaking News: I interrupt this blog post to announce that Sarah Palin’s e-mails have revealed a real scandal after all. It appears that she really wanted to be the vice-presidential nominee in 2008. This shocking revelation undoubtedly will doom her as a political player for at least the next three decades. How can we put up with such blatant ambition in a politician when no one else on the scene has ever displayed such an attitude?

We now return to the regular blog posting.

So what strategy will the media and the opposition party put into operation? Nothing new. In fact, they keep returning to a tried and true method:

That charge is going to be a little hard to level against Herman Cain, but never underestimate the ingenuity of the opposition: you see, he’s just a “tool” of the racist elite. That won’t work, right? The populace is too engaged in the political debate to fall for it, right? We’re so informed that we can’t be misled, right?

It’s going to be a very long primary season.