What’s in a debate? Underneath all the swinging and jab-taking of the GOP’s second debate this week, there was something surprising: a significantly clearer focus on policy and the issues. Candidates went beyond the rhetoric and the cults of personality — as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry advised when he withdrew from the race — and addressed everything from Syria and ISIS to religious freedom, the economy and criminal justice reform. This is just what our party needs, and it bodes well for a substantive third round in Boulder next month.