One of the most interesting engagements didn't even involve Gingrich. It was from Rick Santorum, who did a better job of anyone so far this cycle sticking it to Romney on 'Romneycare'. It's a testament to how improbably well Romney's team has inoculated their candidate on this issue that it actually comes as something of a bracing reminder that Republicans are on the verge of nominating the man who was the godfather of the reform which is purportedly the centerpiece of their opposition to President Obama. A lot of good it'll do for Santorum.
In any case, Newt Gingrich had some strong moments early on. He managed to bait Mitt into some embarrassingly blind alleys -- like denying that one of his ads was his own and then getting into an awkward explanation of his Swiss Accounts and his trustees. Who has a trustee? You? Me neither.
But it wasn't enough.
Even in a disorganized and rambling engagement Romney managed to regroup and just keep peppering Gingrich. I would be hard pressed to say Romney won the debate since the whole thing was such a mess. But debates only matter in a context. If we go by the polls, Gingrich is the guy who needed a strong debate. He did not get it. So it was Romney's night.