The Republican presidential debates are starting to look like Lost , in which each character gets his own episode. First there was the Thompson debate , with all eyes on Fred. Then came the Hillary debate , in which her name was invoked more than 40 times .
So you’d think, given the recent emergence of Mike Huckabee as a front-runner in Iowa and Ron Paul as a major fund-raiser, that those two candidates might dominate tonight’s discussion. But if that’s the case, CNN’s podium lineup (exclusive!) doesn’t reflect it:
Shouldn’t Huckabee, the guy statistically tied for first in Iowa, get a better position than McCain, the guy polling third in New Hampshire and invisible in Iowa? Maybe it would just be too sad a statement to take McCain out of the Middle Four.