I have to laugh when I read all the analysis in the wake of the first Republican presidential debate. Most of it seems to ignore the fact that it's June 2011, nowhere near even the primaries, let alone the general election. Jumping to conclusions based on one minor event so far out is ridiculous, but that hasn't stopped pundits and bloggers.
Apparently the general consensus is that Michele Bachmann did well, Tim Pawlenty did not, and everyone else was relatively unremarkable. Will this debate have any serious effect on the Republican nomination? I doubt it. There's an eternity in political time still to go before the GOP selects its candidate.