Last week was the eighth and in no way final Republican debate. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann set out to show that, even in a tight field, nobody puts crazy in a corner.

Last week was the eighth and in no way final Republican debate. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann set out to show that, even in a tight field, nobody puts crazy in a corner.

“I was the very first candidate that signed a pledge that said that by a date certain, I will build a double walled fence with an area of security neutrality in between,” Bachmann said.

Looks like Bachmann formulates her immigration policy the way Gillette comes up with new razors.

The evening was mostly candidates answering for past statements. Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax reform plan came under heavy attack.

“Herman, I love you brother, but let me tell you something: You don’t have to have a big analysis to figure this thing out,” said Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry’s point that Cain’s nine percent federal sales tax would impose an additional cost on top of state sales taxes was met with a simple response.

“This is a simple case of mixing apples and oranges. The state tax is an apple. We are replacing the current tax code with oranges,” Cain said.

“So I’m going to be getting a bushel basket of apples and oranges because I’m going to be paying both taxes,” Mitt Romney said.

Hey Herman Cain, you like apples? ’Cause you just got wicked schooled by the former governor of Massachusetts! How you like them apples?

Even though Romney is the frontrunner, he had to defend RomneyCare, which as you know is identical to, but in no way has anything to do with ObamaCare.

“I’m sorry, Rick [Santorum], that you find so much to dislike in my plan, but the people of Massachusetts like it by about a 3-1 margin. … I was asked about the Massachusetts plan, was it something I’d impose on the nation? And the answer is absolutely not,” Romney said.

So to summarize RomneyCare: It’s a great Republican idea that works great. The people of Massachusetts love it. I would never do it again; it is socialism.

The real fireworks came when Romney and Perry went mano y mano on the subject of people whose native tongue gave us the phrase “mano y mano.”

“Mitt, you lose all of your standing because you hired illegals to work in your home,” Perry said.

It was here — when Romney explained why he no longer allowed illegal immigrants the privilege of mowing his lawn — that he gave away what we in the business call “the game.”

“We hired a lawn company to mow our lawn, and they had illegal immigrants working for them … so we went to the company and said: ‘Look, we can’t have any illegals working on our property. I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake,’” Romney said.

Believe me if I wasn’t running for office, I wouldn’t give a crap. Pay them $2 an hour, I don’t care. It’s not a principle — I got people watching me!