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What, you thought this post was about the agenda for the debate itself? Nah. It’s on Fox News at 9 pm Eastern and that’s all you need to know.

No, this is about the agenda here. Like the blogging dinosaur I am, I’ll be liveblogging the Republican debate tonight. I know the kids all use the Twitter thingie for this kind of stuff, but if, like me, you’re just too old to keep up with 100 mph Twitter snark, come on over here and refresh your browser every few minutes. It’s the retro way of enjoying the debate!

You can even participate your very own self in comments. However, unlike Twitter, no one will see your pearls except for other commenters. You may decide for yourself if that’s an upside or a downside.

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