An "oracle" who sliced this pigeon open and read
its entrails would be able to tell you who "won" the
first Democratic debate as accurately as most of
the talking heads.
On CNN the morning after the debate, they had a "body language expert" who was reading the shrugs and facial expressions of the candidates. In ancient Greece, they used to have oracles who read pigeon entrails. Personally, I think both are equally valid. Or equally ridiculous.
I'll let the polls tell me what Democratic viewers and the American people as a whole thought of the candidates. Frankly my dears, I don't give a flying fetlock what the talking heads think.
For whatever it's worth, my own opinion is that the real winners were the American people. We saw a debate in which the leading contenders and the not-so-leading contenders kept to focus on facts and on the needs of the American people.
That was a pretty stark contrast to Republican bushwah, magical thinking about the economy, and displays of outrageous narcissism among the I-can't-count-how-many Republican clown candidates for Commander-In-Chief.
As a Democrat, I'm proud of last night's debate, whomever the commentators decide was the "winner."