Alex Massie

Fredless in New Hampshire

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There was plenty to enjoy at last night's GOP debate in New Hampshire. From Rudy Giuliani's incessant and somewhat vulgar determination to relate any question on any subject to his time running New York City to John McCain's mild recovery (though he should be worried that other candidates were being nice to him; clearly they consider him irrelevant) and the excellent spat on Iraq between Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee which will, I suspect, benefit both candidates.

The second best moment of the debate, however, was when Fox's Chris Wallace accused Ron Paul of "taking marching orders from al-Qaeda" only for Paul to slap him down with a "NO! I'm suggesting we take our marching orders from our Constitution..." Whatever else one may think of Paul, this was terrific. Refreshing too. (Best bit comes at 2.00 minutes):

Good though that was, the best moment was the skewering of Mitt Romney when a New Hampshire voter, whose son is serving in the military, reminded Romney that he really had compared the service of troops in uniform to his own sons' work getting him elected and proselytising their church. Notice how even here Romney cannot help smirking. Moments such as these will, one hopes, sink Romney. And deservedly so.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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