Lessons from the Republican Rumble

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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GOP GAGGLE Republican candidates, Nancy Reagan and Schwarzenegger (inset)

So Republicans hate terrorists and love them some Reagan. (You know your party faces challenges when you spend the better part of a national presidential debate wishing you could resurrect a dead guy for a run.) But what of the really vital, personal, common sense stuff—the factors by which, as smart as we like to consider ourselves, we'll eventually judge our candidates? What did we learn last night? We learned ...

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Who doesn't believe in evolution: Tancredo, Brownback, Huckabee

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