It was pretty interesting, considering none of the real candidates bothered to show up. I have to wonder why they would want to dis an important primary state like SC. I at least expected Bachmann to be there but no. The real shocker was the interview with a focus group afterward. About 80% of them thought the best candidate was...Herman Cain, a no-nonsense black guy who was CEO of Godfather's Pizza. He seemed pretty unimpressive to me, as he didn't seem to have any real ideas other than getting the "experts" together to tell hm what to do. Really? Gary Johnson, ex governor of N. mex. was the most interesting. Kind of looks like an in-shape Bill Gates. Apparently he has run 30 marathons and climbed a number of signature mountains, including Everest. Had some good ideas, all grounded in cost-benefit analysis, including drug legalization. It was interesting that two out of the five participants favored widespread drug legalization. The most mainstream candidates, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum, were impressive and able to reel off long, detailed answers on numerous subjects. Ron Paul made numerous good points, but I think many went over the crowd's head, notwithstanding the enthusiastic cheering he got for every answer.