Tonight is the first Republican debate with frontrunner Mitt Romney. How much will the other six candidates pile on him? Or will they stick to bashing President Obama? With many Republicans dissatisfied with the current 2012 field, Monday night's debaters--Herman Cain, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Romney--have to prove that while they might not be perfect, but they're not so bad. We'll be live blogging the debate and pundits' reactions to it.
7:30 p.m. First priorities: Everyone's coming up with drinking games for tonight's event. Benjy Sarlin suggests taking a shot every time Gingrich says Paul Ryan--whose Medicare Gingrich attacked and then praised--is awesome. The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis suggests a drink every time Sarah Palin's name comes up, plus downing a slice of pizza for every mention of Cain.