I have read dozens of reviews of the debate (READ THIS ONE), and I came away with this:
Herman Cain will fade, but it was great to hear what he DID have to say
Newt's time has passed, too much baggage
Rick Santorum will not stand out enough to win, wonder why he entered
Ron Paul used to have a good message, he's gotten a little long in the tooth
Tim Pawlenty does not want to knock Republicans, good...still too boring. Doesn't need to juggle chainsaws (though I'd vote for him if he did) but he has to do something to get attention. I'd take him over Romney.
Romney learned from 2008, but old habits die hard, the only way he wins the general election is on anti-Obama votes, and I don't think that does it
Michelle Bachmann was the winner. The media has tried to paint her as stupid, and she has helped by not measuring her words enough. As a member of Congress, I think she's great, like Ron Paul. I know she would make a great member of the Cabinet - in almost any position. But her performance in the debate moved her to another level - we'll see if it sticks.