It was 90 minutes of Newt showing why he is the smartest guy on any stage, and I mean that as a compliment.

Newt was in command, and had a particularly good explanation of how to respond to Democratic scare tactics on social security.  One of the best I’ve heard.  When I get the transcript I’ll add it.

I think this did a lot of damage to Cain, tempered only by the fact that it was on C-SPAN not the networks, so relatively few people saw it.  There was a very awkward moment when the moderator asked about defined-benefit plans, and Cain appeared not to know what those were, or at least hesitated and then passed the question off to Newt.

The forum started out with some sound problems, but after a while things went smoothly.  They were very friendly to each other, so it was less a debate than a conversation.

Obama never would agree to this format with Newt, because Obama’s lack of depth would be exposed by Newt for all the world to see.

Cain did have the line of the night, asking Newt what he would want his first assignment to be as Vice President.

Anyway, here’s the Tweet of the Night:

Update: You be the judge: