(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: Boss, see the debate?
BE: Over whether to release bin Laden pix?
JB: No, no. The first Republican presidential debate last night in South Carolina on Fox News.
BE: There was one?
JB: Oh yeah. I'm thinking the ratings were not so hot. I'm thinking maybe six people watched, including our Inky pal Tom Fitzgerald.
BE: Wow. How'd Romney do?
JB: Wasn't there. Neither was Newt, Sarah, Huckabee, Michelle or The Donald.
BE: Who was? Harold Stassen?
JB: Our own Rick Santorum, Pawlenty, Paul (Ron, not his son...not yet), Gary Johnson, Herman Cain.
BE: Gary Johnson? Herman Cain?
JB: Former New Mexico Guv Johnson and Pizza mogul Cain.
BE: I might have watched if Jimmy McMillan of The Rent is Too Damn High Party was there.
JB: Don't feel bad. The Associated Press, the world's oldest and largest news gathering organization, didn't even cover it.
BE: Gee, what if it turns out to be a glimpse of what's to come?
JB: Well, last time, four years ago, there were 10 GOPers at the first debate in S.C. and a Fox News post-debate poll didn't exactly give a glimpse of what was to come.
BE: How so?
JB: Romney finished first, Paul second, Giuliani third and eventual nominee John McCain finished sixth wiith 4 percent, behind Duncan Hunter.
BE: How can we forget Duncan Hunter? Sounds as though last night was like baseball pre-season with just pitchers and catchers reporting.
JB: Yeah. With no runs, no hits, no errors. Grrrr.