While people will likely be talking about Tuesday’s post-Democratic debate handshake-that-wasn’t between Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for quite a while, the early takeaway is that all six candidates took it pretty easy on one another during the debate itself.Several observers think former Vice President Joe Biden, in particular, was let off the hook. Biden, despite various gaffes, has remained the frontrunner since he jumped into the race last year, and his lead is steady, if not overwhelming. But the sense after the debate was that his opponents are still waiting for him to stumble on his own and therefore missed a chance to go after his resume and chip away at the polling deficit.> There was a time and a place for the “assume Biden will collapse” strategy, but I think it’s pretty clear at this point that’s not going to work.> > — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 15, 2020And, well, not losing might be just as valuable as a standout performance for the former vice president, who appears to have emerged without much more than a scratch. > no one laid a glove on @JoeBiden during the DemocraticDebate … based on that alone he won.> > — Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) January 15, 2020More stories from theweek.com Ken Jennings is officially Jeopardy!’s Greatest of All Time Bernie Sanders wordlessly disagreed with Amy Klobuchar’s climate plan Every top 2020 Democrat is backing big changes to child care in the U.S.