Summit – preliminary roundup…
Several folks at American Spectator watched bits and pieces of the time-waster, but Philip Klein courageously watched all of it and thought Republicans did rather well. I agree that some of the tactics employed by His Oneness ranged from the unimpressive to the downright arrogant.
If Jonathan Chait thinks Obama was doing only “OK”, it means that His Oneness is being even more the lecturer than I thought he was. Yuval Levin thinks the event was a mistake for the Dems, and Jay Nordlinger thinks it put paid to the endlessly repeated mantra that Republicans know nothing about health care and are cruelly indifferent to people.
While I thought the GOP was a bit too respectful, and didn’t defend themselves adequately on all points, they certainly appeared well-informed, quite prepared with data, and passionate about their positions.
Overall, I can’t disagree with Philip Klein’s view that His Oneness got a draw in circumstances which required much more of him, considering that the public has already turned its thumbs down on the bills.
Oh drat! I totally forgot to give the link to Commentary’s live-blogging. Still, go back and read the comments for a good flavor of what the 7 hour marathon was like.