This is a good analysis of the Iowa Debate. However, I would like to contribute a few of my own thoughts:
1. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was the first who brought up the foolishness of a special committee to review the Debt crisis come September! He came across "angry" according to many pundits due to the fact that he admonished Fox News for asking questions that had nothing to do with the issues confronting America and the poor leadership of Obama's administration.. (It did appear to those watching the debate that some of the questions were needless and an attempt to either embarrass or get a rise out of the candidates, like the one asked Bachmann about her earlier comment made about her faith and being "submissive" to her husband. Senator Bachmann's response was "submissive" meant respect and yes, she does respect her husband. (This was a foolish question!)
2. Some of the candidates were not given a "fair and balanced" air time, as mentioned in this article. Why? Because the media has already determined who the "front runner" is - Romney. I resent that as much as the candidates do, because picking and choosing who will win before the candidates have had an opportunity to speak before America is unfair. They made that mistake in the last elections by presenting Obama as the "winner" two years before the elections - I had hoped they would not attempt to do this again!
3. Governor Tim Pawlenty had the best knowledge of the Middle East and Israel; and that is not mentioned by anyone analyzing the debate. However, due to his "testy" exchanges with Bachmann, most believe he is already out of this race and has no chance of winning. Sad that someone is judged by one debate.
4. For those who claim Romney the "winner" - I have my doubts. He was asked where in the Constitution was it permissible for the government to mandate every single American to purchase healthcare insurance and he stumbled over his response to that question. He was actually quite upset that anyone would refer to his implementation of mandatory healthcare in Massachusetts, as Governor of Massachusetts. Many refer to Obamacare as "Romney Care". Romney is running as a Conservative, but his previous record is like a recipe - one dash of liberalism with a pinch of conservatism added for good measure. Healthcare is Romney's extra baggage and it could play a huge part in his losing to another candidate.
5. Late yesterday Palin stated that anyone had until September to join in the race - so stay tuned, until September, to learn whether or not she plans to throw her hat into this race for president.
6. Who has the most money and who is supported by the Media? That, unfortunately, appears to be the only way one wins an election - no matter what the American citizens think. There should be a "cap" on how much money each candidate spends during a campaign - perhaps then, campaigns would be equally matched for the candidates. The Media likes to back the "winner" but they should not be allowed to determine the "winner" BEFORE elections.
7. Ron Paul is a danger to America. He does not see anything wrong with Iran obtaining nuclear capabilities or even nuclear weapons! He says "America should mind its own business". Can you imagine what would happen to the USA (and the world) if this guy ever stepped foot inside the White House?!
8. America's foreign policies play a huge part in determining America's economy. Without a candidate who understands the dangers we face from our enemies and terrorism, America will never be secure in its freedoms here at home - we're all sitting ducks, waiting for the next Islamic attack - may the right candidate come forth who will put America's interests first and foremost, without a continuation of apologies for this great nation.