Winner, winner, chicken dinner? Not exactly, but Mitt Romney has got to be feeling lucky this morning, after his rivals handled him with kid gloves (not mittens) in the New Hampshire Republican presidential debate last night at Saint Anselm College.
Two hours worth of exchange, mostly collegial among the seven candidates. As the leader in most polls, including a hypothetical matchup with President Obama, Romney walked away unscathed and grinning. The press afterward immediately cast him as the winner, if, for nothing else, because he did not stumble and not one of his adversaries was going to kick him in the shins. But "winner" is a decidedly subjective term here. Stories are still rolling out about who scored points. Some said Michele Bachmann was a winner. The stories, and and viewers I bumped into -- the so-called real people, the voters -- said Ron Paul, Herman Cain, and Tim Pawlenty did well, too.
But were they winners? Check their Facebook pages. Bet they think so.