8:53 PM: I think this debate is a bigger mess than any of the previous ones.
8:56 PM: Newt started off strong but this extended digression on space and moon states. Just not happening.
8:59 PM: When I was a little kid I used to watch those great Ali fights when you had these two heavyweights exhausted in the late rounds. Got sloppy. Messy. About like this debate.
9:01 PM: Newt started pretty strong. And then Mitt got in that pretty embarrassing spot where he said he hadn’t seen one of his own ads and denied it even being his ad. A classic Mitt moment. But since then Newt’s just been all over the place and he’s given Mitt all sorts of opportunities to come in and be the grown up. Not good for Newt.
9:04 PM: Mitt: I’d fire anyone who bought me a moon base.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.