The CNN/YouTube debate aired last night and it was an interesting performance from the candidates, to say the least. I have posted my conclusions about the debate, the winners and losers, over at Red State. So go on over there and read it if you are interested.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that Mike Huckabee won. Even post debate polls give Huck a wide margin. But what did he win? Does the poll measure his performance or his substance? I would argue the former. He did do quite well however, considering that he is quite liberal on many of the issues. He’s clearly running as a “compassionate conservative.” And we’ve already got a pretty good idea of how that turns out.
The real winner, surprisingly enough, is neither Rudy nor Romney. John McCain won. He actually looked the most Presidential. That he did and outperformed his main rivals was a bit of a shock. Perhaps it’s time for conservatives to re-evaluate McCain, despite his “maverick” image. Was Brownback right to endorse the Senator from Arizona after all?
So be sure to read my overview of how the candidates did last night over at Red State and, if you watched the debate, let me know how it lines up (or doesn’t) with your own impressions. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Update: Newshound Michelle Malkin sniffs out several CNN/YouTube plants. Dems abound. Nuance!