I watched as much of tonight's GOP debate as I could, and may comment on the substance some other time. Maybe. (In brief: stronger than normal performance by Jon Huntsman. And brave "immigrants are actually human beings" moment by Newt Gingrich. And, questions about prudent foreign policy by Paul Wolfowitz and David Addington? -- as part of "audience" questions that were all from right-wing think-tankers?)
But here is a little nagging thing I absolutely don't understand. Wolf Blitzer wrapped up the reality-show style intro with the following riff. All this is taken from CNN's admirable real-time transcript (and Atlantic Wire liveblog here).
I'm Wolf Blitzer and yes, that's my real name. I'll be your moderator this evening and I'm happy to welcome each one of you to our debate.
Rick Santorum, let's begin with you.... [Intros from Santorum, Paul, and Perry. Then:]
FORMER GOV. MITT ROMNEY, R-MASS., PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm Mitt Romney and yes, Wolf, that's also my first name. And...
My reaction wasn't (LAUGHTER). It was (WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU SAY THAT??)