Kevin Drum described it: "It was just two continuous hours of stupid prepackaged zingers, chuckleheaded ignorance, and reactionary one-upsmanship for the benefit of the adoring tea party audience." And, once again, it was the audience that provided the most telling moment of the night.
At the first debate, the loudest applause of the night was for Rick Perry's unprecedented record of 234 executions. Tonight, the crowd cheered a call to let the uninsured die. So, the big question is what the Republican faithful will do at the third debate? I'm guessing a demand for witch burning. It will look something like this: