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Shut Up, Old Man: Liveblogging the 97th GOP Debate

'What turns off Rudy Giuliani?' - WonketteAre you ready for the most exciting debate of the week, or at least the week if you believe Monday is the start of the week and not Sunday?


After the jump, let's go crazy, New Hampshire style!

7:39 -- New debate thread! Over here!

7:34 -- OH HIEZ AHM TOMMY THOMPSON AHM STILL RUNNIN.

7:33 -- Brokeback is really wowing them with his ... what is he saying? Wolf is asking now, too. Uh, Sam? SAM??

7:32 -- Michael Chertoff was bought off by the Mexicans!!!

7:32 -- Wow, we "took out" illegal factory workers? We are Hard Core, Duncan!

7:31 -- "Who will run the leaf blowers???"

7:30 -- Rudy wants the credit-card companies to track Mexicans JUST LIKE ON SEPTEMBER 11.

7:29 -- WALNUTS! wants us to come together by a) Saying that illegal immigration is serious national security terrorism etc., and b) Letting all the illegals stay here. THE CROWD JEERS.

7:28 -- McCain should just give up. Jesus, this is almost painful.

7:28 -- Mitt is actually Wink Martindale, isn't he?

7:27 -- Mitt likes everyone! He should host his own game show.

7:25 -- Guess who sounds like a $1 million-an-hour lawyer? Rudy G!

7:24 -- Tom says disaster, incredible stuff will happen, Mexicans in hospitals, heart of the nation, whether or not we actually survive as a nation, hold together, keep it together, split apart, Balkanization, English language is a glue, not good, fearful part, ramifications, significant, will do whatever, go after any Republican. BIG ROUSING APPLAUSE.

7:23 -- Tancredo on immigration, here is you chance dude so don't sound like a mouse again.

7:22 -- Ha ha, God is going to kill them all with lightning!

7:20 -- Jim Gilmore and his supporter would like you to know that Iran is doing what all the other Republicans say Iran is doing; also, Gilmore would totally deal with Terrorist States just like all these clowns.

7:20 -- Rudy's handlers told him to wear glasses again, because it takes attention away from his ferret mouth.

7:19 -- Duncan Hunter is going to personally change Iran's regime.

7:18 -- Brownback is Pro Labor! Brownback is Pro Union! But only for bus drivers in Iran.

7:17 -- Sam Brokeback is both for and against dealing with Terrorist States.

7:16 -- TURN ON TANCREDO'S MIC ... thanks. Okay, what did Benjamin Franklin say to Iraq? "Fuck the Mexicans," of course.

7:16 -- Huckabee is angry at the Taliban for not celebrating Ronald Reagan's birthday, also makes complicated dog metaphor.

7:15 -- Guess who got a big round of applause? Ron Paul!

7:13 -- Duncan Hunter apparently ate Ron Paul! Also, he says he is the man to leave Iraq.

7:12 -- Tommy Thompson wants to socialize the Iraqi oil industry, which is might Hugo of him.

7:11 -- Ha ha, Wolf says, "The question was--" as Walnuts can't actually answer the question.

7:11 -- Uh, Hillary isn't part of this debate, is she?

7:09 -- WALNUTS! has no idea what to do now that the SURGE flopped.

7:08 -- Jim Gilmore knows we can't read everything.

7:07 -- Long line at the wine shop, sorry. THANK YOU PAREENE.

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