GOP debate: Biggest winner, loser and missed opportunity
Biggest Missed Opportunity: Rick Perry. He needed to explain what he means when he calls Social Security a Ponzi scheme. Does he want to repeal it? Change it? We still don't know.
Biggest winner: Mitt Romney. Looked and sounded presidential. Had a solid response to Perry on Social Security. Cited his 59-point economic plan about 59 times, but you would too, if you had produced a 59-point plan.
Biggest loser: Michele Bachmann. Next to Perry and Romney, looked and sounded like last month's flavor.
Best supporting actors: Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul. They don't look as if they're getting anywhere in this race, but they had interesting things to say. A good argument for keeping debates open to second-tier candidates.
Photo: GOP presidential candidates debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / September 7, 2011