They're saying that Fred Thompson won the debate. Certainly, he came out swinging. He was more engaged and animated than I've ever seen him before. He went after Mike Huckabee a lot, probably because he sees him as battling over the same voters in South Carolina.
Huckabee did fine, but he didn't soar. He held his own, but being one of six diminished him. His comment about the Iranians challenging US warships was good, though. "If anybody trains their gunsights on an American warship, the next thing they'll see through those sights is the Gates of Hell." (Thompson iced that cake with a crack about helping people find the  virgins they're looking for.)
Mitt Romney was seen as the loser, probably because he, too, kind of got lost in the crowd. His answers were fine, and I was personally better disposed toward him than before because of his performance. But no big anything there.
John McCain helped himself a lot. He did well, he was self-assured, he was not snarly. He's leading in a lot of ways, and he looked like he deserved the attention he's getting.
Rudy Giuliani did well, too, I thought. A lot of the evening centered on illegal immigration and the war on terror, and he has a lot to say on those issues.
Ron Paul, though, came across as stark, raving nuts. A man without humor or perspective, his main message seemed to be the "Can't cant" -- we don't have the money for anything, why do we hafta be responsible for that, everything's going to hell in a handbasket. No wonder they call him Crazy Uncle.