The eighth Republican presidential debate -- the first on a broadcast network -- was handled strangely by ABC. Mary Katharine Ham's appearance as a moderator was a breakthrough that should help her career. I hope so.
How did the pros call it on Twitter?
Trump has had a good night at precisely the moment he needed one. Especially strong near the end on negotiating with terrorists.— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 7, 2016
Trump, Kasich, Jeb and Christie all had good nights.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 7, 2016
ABC News’ @JonKarl : “I have never seen Christie tougher in this race, I have never seen Marco Rubio more rattled”https://t.co/IXTB8wDjYA— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) February 7, 2016
John Kasich has a winning demeanor tonight. NH independents and moderates are going to be attracted to his performance. #FITN— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 7, 2016
Trump: "I'd bring back waterboarding, and I'd bring back a helluva lot worse than waterboarding."— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) February 7, 2016
Cruz is wobbly. Won't bring back torture in a widespread way.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 7, 2016
the big problem: we're arguing over how we treat people who want to destroy us.— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) February 7, 2016
Cruz really seems out of his element in New Hampshire. It is such a different battlefield then Iowa and the South.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 7, 2016
I Can't Wait to See Voter Reaction to This Debate....Rubio Just Agreeing With Trump on Waterboarding!— Lou Dobbs (@loudobbsnews) February 7, 2016
#GOPDebate: Trump gutsy taking on audience.— Steve Forbes (@SteveForbesCEO) February 7, 2016
Christie, Cruz and Trump Are Bringing It Tonight!— Lou Dobbs (@loudobbsnews) February 7, 2016
Has anyone, aside from Bush on eminent domain, has anyone done anything to hurt Donald Trump's chances in New Hampshire?— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 7, 2016
Far fewer mentions of @HillaryClinton tonight than last debate....— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 7, 2016
Trump focus on cutting off money to ISIS actually pretty sophisticated— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) February 7, 2016