Well, we had the first Fox Republican debate in South Carolina this Thursday night and of course we then got treated to a Frank Luntz focus group segment for follow up. I don't know about anyone else, but I got a kick out of watching Hannity try to make amends with the members of that focus group and apologize for the potential Republican primary candidates that dissed their state and primary voters and didn't show up there.
And who did the panel say they loved during the debate? Former Godfather's Pizza CEO and "tea party" favorite Herman Cain. Tim Pawlenty can't be thrilled that someone who was considered a B-list candidate showed him up tonight.
The panel didn't react very well to Romney deciding to bow out and to the Donald, who I never thought was a serious candidate in the first place, like Palin, and him needing to finish up his television series before he can participate in debates.
It looks like the Republican primary race is off to a rocky start when Rupert Murdoch can't even summon enough of them that are actually going to run to show up for one of his debates in what is extremely friendly territory to say the least.
Here's more on Luntz's segment and their reaction to the debate -- Focus group: Herman Cain clear winner in first GOP Presidential debate:
If Frank Luntz's South Carolina focus group had their way, businessman and talk show host Herman Cain would be America's next President.
Cain's honesty and candid answers won over a large number of those present. One man said he worked for Mitt Romney in the 2008 election, but would now campaign for Cain.
Others said they appreciated the fact Cain never held public office, and his answers were not those of a polished political operative. When asked about this in the debate, Cain said he "was proud" he had never held public office.
He noted that most in Washington have held public office and asked, "how's that working out for us?"
Only one person went into the debate saying Cain was his first choice, but the vast majority switched by the end of the hour and a half long event..
Cain joined former Senator Rick Santorum, Congressman Ron Paul and former Governors Tim Pawlenty and Gary Johnson for the first GOP Presidential debate held Thursday night in South Carolina.
Santorum came in second with Luntz's group.
Other presumed candidates were not present, something the focus group did not appreciate.