There's a pattern to these debates: the fisticuffs all happens in the opening questions, and then the testosterone levels subside. And so it was again.Newt Gingrich didn't run away with the debate as he has done for the past few of them. And there was a simple reason for that: NBC's rules didn't allow the audience -- a smaller one -- to applaud or cheer. Because of that he couldn't feed off the crowd with his tub-thumping lines, hence Saul Alinsky and European socialism didn't make their usual appearance.
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