The Republican debate in South Carolina was the most entertaining of this election cycle. Just for some extra fun, I was following the Twitter chatter. The only person from the debate who is trending on Twitter: Juan Williams.
If you ever want confirmation that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, follow a debate on Twitter. Still, looking at the debate grades, lots of people seemed to agree that Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry did well, while Rick Santorum lagged behind. The effort to "unite the conservatives" has been a failure, so far.
Before the debate, Romney was threatening to run away with the nomination, but he did not help himself tonight, and he may have hurt himself. The Twitter traffic was not kind. The candidates have another debate on Thursday, so it's hard to say how this weak performance will affect the voters of South Carolina, but the non-Romneys are energized and Mitt looked confused.
Fox used Twitter traffic to evaluate the winners and losers in the debate. One of the big winners in the Twitterverse was Ron Paul, even though most of the people issuing grades had him dead last. Who are these people tweeting away during the debate? Are they representive of anything?
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