It’s been three weeks since last we gathered in front of our television sets and computers to watch a Republican presidential debate. Since Oct. 18, Mitt Romney’s support has held steady. Herman Cain has surged. Newt Gingrich has popped in the polls. Rick Perry hasn’t made any progress. And the rest of the field, well the best we can say of them is that they’re still there.
Of course, Cain has had some other problems too. It will be interesting to see if Cain’s unflappable demeanor has suffered since the sexual harassment charges that have thrown his campaign off message came out.
But the interesting thing to see at tonight’s debate in Michigan will be to determine which of the candidates is the one the others try to knock off. Will it be a newly vulnerable Cain? The surging Gingrich? Or will it be Romney again, a sure sign that he is still seen as the frontrunner despite his problems convincing conservatives that he isn’t a RINO.
The debate is about to start. Let’s see what happens.