9:40 PM: One of my colleagues, correctly, said Romney’s basically just coasting now. But I think he’s getting a bit too cute by half on this refusal to answer the contraception (i.e., Griswold) question.
9:47 PM: Watching this debate, it’s hard not to think that everyone’s basically given up and giving this to Romney.
9:50 PM: Shorter Newt: Can we get back to some friggin’ culture war stuff here?
9:52 PM: John Adams wrote the constitution? Really? I don’t think he was in the country in 1787. #fail. (Readers think Romney was referring to the Massachusetts Constitution, not the federal one.)
9:59 PM: Shorter Mitt: I’ve so got this thing.
10:09 PM: I have to agree with virtually everyone who says this debate is awful. But it’s not really the questions — or not entirely those. It’s the candidates. It seems bizarre because the only question looming over this campaign is Mitt Romney. And the debate has almost entirely ignored him. That’s a failure of the candidates.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.