I'm no fan of McGuinty's. But I'm surprised by the beating he's taking in the papers for his performance in Thursday night's leaders debate. I thought he came off quite well. Yeah, he's broken promises. But the public expects politicians to break promises. What they don't expect is for politicians to come clean when they do. I think it's here where McGuinty will win big points. No better person to blame for his hated health tax than Harris's Tories. The big loser on the night was NDP leader Howard Hampton, who looked like a man who knows he's on the way out. When the hell did the environment fall off the radar anyway? Get Orange? Catchy, maybe, but what does it mean? As for Tory, I think he's regretting making the funding of religious schools the major plank of his election platform. All of a sudden, McGuinty is the great defender of public education when it's his former education minister Gerard Kennedy (you remember him) who should be credited with the current peace between teachers and the government. Tory's biggest problem is Mike Harris. Going negative is not helping. Does this look like the same man that gave Miller all he could handle a few years back? And those shoulder pads he was wearing underneath the suit they don't make him look a leader. They make him look small-minded.