Iowa Voice: New Hampshire Debate: Detailed Analysis And Who Won
Excerpted from this post at Iowa Voice
... getting down to the nitty gritty ... who won? I don't think there was a real winner, here -- at least not in the traditional sense. If anything, I'd say that Romney won because he didn't do anything to shoot himself in the foot and damage his standings in the polls. Which, when you're the frontrunner, is goal #1. He did that last night. Who was the loser? Again, it was so evenly matched that I'm hard-pressed to say who lost this round. I even have to (grudgingly) concede that Ron Paul did ok. He kept his conspiracy theories and whackiness mostly to himself last night and avoided a repeat of the last debate (here), and that's only going to help him. McCain spoke very well about Iraq, but he's totally screwed when it comes to this immigration bill. Rudy had some very good points about health care, but his abortion stand is only going to hurt him among hard-core conservatives. You get the picture. So for me, it was a Romney win…but only because he didn't do anything to hurt his chances. The rest, I'd have to say, all finished tied for second.
More debate coverage:
-- John Deeth Blog: Republican Debate: Couch Potato Liveblog
-- The Real Sporer: GOP Debate Round 3 Review
-- Iowa Independent: GOP Debate: McCain wins varsity, Huckabee the JV