The Buzz is about Paul
I'm watching MSNBC this morning, and of the 2nd tier candidates the only one being regularly mentioned is Ron Paul. The Polls on the internet, the principled positions, etc.
In the debate itself, he wasn't polished, but that was better. He was spontaneous and made sense. Unlike a doll that regurgitates a talking point when you pull a string (and puppets have strings).
I think he accomplished what he needed to at this point.