Gingrich is bored; Thompson is tall

The GOP debate, from the outside looking in.

Published May 4, 2007 2:31PM (EDT)

The Hotline is collecting reaction to last night's GOP presidential debate from two camps that weren't represented there.

First comes Newt Gingrich, who tells Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes that he thought the debate was "boring" and that it's "absurd to have this much attention paid to an office that doesn't get filled until January of 2009."

And then there's this statement from the "Draft Thompson" folks: "Tonight, we saw ten fine politicians stand side-by-side and do their very best to inspire Republican voters. We also saw these men standing under the six-foot-five-inch shadow of Sen.Fred Thompson and his possible entry into this race."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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