from ex-republican1-turned-democrat john cole @ balloon juice:
this is starting to turn into a ritual:dissatisfied with the debate here wednesday that drew widespread scorn, iowa republicans will discuss on friday the possibility of holding another forum before the january 3rd caucuses.at some point, maybe after a few more debates, they are going to realize the problem is not the debate format, or the moderator, or the youtube videos, or the "drive-by media," or whatever else they will come up with to fool themselves. the problem is that the candidates suck.
the debate this week, sponsored by the des moines register and iowa public television, was to have been the final gathering of the gop contenders, but one well-placed iowa republican said tonight that they were interested in getting the candidates back together.
"we'd prefer if the register debate did not leave a bad taste," said this source, who requested anonymity. "iowa deserves a little better than that."
at any rate, i agree — iowa does deserve better. so does the rest of the country. which is why i am not voting republican next year.
1 read about john's halloween transformation @ "say hello to the newest member of the vast left wing conspiracy"