UPDATE: Okay, I'm not liveblogging, but all this piling-on toward Fred Thompson is as likely to build him up as to tear him down. Stephen Green comments: "First question: Is Fred Thompson smarter than you guys? Answer: If he’s having a postshow cocktail in Leno’s greenroom, he is." Similar thoughts here: "They’re spending a tenth of the debate, debating Fred Thompson. Who says that Fred can’t dominate a debate which he doesn’t attend?"
FINALLY: It was more of a debate than these have been. Fox's focus group seems to think McCain did best. One interviewee: "He made me feel safe." Another: "He has experience and it came though in his answers." Big complaint about Rudy -- every answer he gave revolved around New York.
Dan Riehl was watching the people meters and observes: "Putting the candidates aside for a moment, what I saw was that when the message was win in Iraq, it didn't matter which candidate was saying it - the numbers for both conservatives and moderates went through the roof. And the stronger the talk, the higher the mean number. The only other issues that came close were immigration and taxes."
And expect more video highlights at Hot Air. Allah just emailed to say that they're on the way.