Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Newt Gingrich is on the ropes, Tim Pawlenty's dropped the gloves, and Mitt Romney will be in the middle.
It doesn't matter that Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani and Jon Huntsman decided to stay home.
The game is on.
I dare any of them to promise jobs creation. I would challenge them to describe where the jobs would come from. Make them explain how they would make up for jobs shipped overseas because of the Republican tax policies of the past decade. I would point out that the Congressional Republicans are cutting green energy research while China has grown their green energy industries nearly 1000% over the past decade using research and technology that originated in the US. I would have fun with any of them.
Prediction about CNN's Republican debate in New Hampshire: 1) the studio audience will be 'loaded' with lefties; 2) the host & questioners ask left-leaning questions; 3) questions are hostile-not like the soft-balls that will be asked in the Dem debates; 4) questions will be posed as accusations, rather than open ended, or not designed to show positives about candidates.