(Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, the parent organization of CNSNews.com, offered the following succinct take on Thursday’s Republican debate in Ames, Iowa.)
Gingrich: The winner. Wasn't even close. Showed why Obama would pee in his pants having to debate this man.
Santorum: Also a winner. Showed most passion, and took on and beat up other candidates. But was it enough to keep him alive?
Romney: Draw/Win. Played not to lose and in that sense succeeded. Didn't accomplish anything, but no one laid a hand on him either.
Bachman: Draw. Up in that she very successfully deflected attacks. Down in that she came out with plastic speeches when asked to "speak from the heart."
Cain: Draw. Answered some questions well, others not so well. In the end it wasn't enough to save him.
Paul: Loser. Time to go home, Ron. His attacks on the US vis-a-vis Iran were insulting.
Pawlenty: Like the boxer told in the 12th round that he needed a knock-out, Pawlenty threw wild punches everywhere -- and never scored. It's over.