8:44 PM: I haven’t seen any time counts but it seems like Chris Christie has spoken dramatically less than the other three. Just doesn’t have it in him. No fight. Had a couple sharp moments with Ramaswamy. But just flat.
8:31 PM: Kate and I will definitely do an instapod tonight if Christie and Haley murder Vivek live on stage.
8:30 PM: Christie already seems to be done attacking Donald Trump.
8:28 PM: Let’s just note that Haley seems to have floated the conspiracy that Iran launched the massacres in southern Israel to help Russia in Ukraine, and also Putin’s birthday! Weird.
8:25 PM: That’s the first time Christie has really done what he promised he’d do at the start of his campaign: take the argument to Trump. But it seems like he might already be done attacking Trump. Doesn’t seem to have the fight in him anymore.
8:15 PM: I’ve basically made my career covering stupid. But this kind of has me defeated 15 minutes in.
8:08 PM: Just being reminded of the fact that these four are the best the GOP could get up on this stage. It’s pretty remarkable.
8:05 PM: Not sure the 2022 collapse is a big applause line in a GOP debate?
8:04 PM: DeSantis has that weird hands down, dominated dog stance. Weird.
8:03 PM: The only thing of any consequence is whether any of these folks really try to take the fight to Trump.
7:55 PM: Let’s do this.