“The New Republic” has a good overview of the debate in a short, succinct article. (link)
Here are some excerpts:
Mike Huckabee and John McCain were both pretty impressive in tonight’s CNN/YouTube debate, but it was fairly clear who the loser was: Mitt Romney….from his self-contradictory claim that he would sign a federal anti-abortion statute…to his strained answer to the question of whether he believes every word in the Bible is literally true (which looked bad particularly in comparison to Huckabee’s graceful, commonsensical response).
I don’t know how many people in Iowa were watching tonight, but among people who were, I’d expect Huckabee’s emerging lead there to widen.
This article pretty much echoes my thoughts on the debate. Huckabee and McCain gave strong performances, while Rudy and Romney both looked off their games.