Update: Does anyone other than Hillary know how to debate? She was the only one that seemed to understand you have a time limit so you had better make your answers quick and concise. Hillary responded with very concise answers such as “You need to do this, then this, then this” or “I’ve done this before and here are the ten things that need to be done.” Check our reaction as the debate was going on (below), notice how Hillary consistently answered with specifics and within the time limit. Richardson, does not understand the concept of clocks. Obama too seems to be lethargic and out of touch with the reality that you do not have hours to get to the point.
This should have been Obama’s night. The audience started off by being on his side. If he can’t come out the undisputed leader on a debate about domestic issues as they effect the African-American community, when can he possibly come out ahead? Obama tried by speaking about some issues he worked on in the state legislature but that is like a PTA president talking about school district politics to the Secretary General of the United Nations.
Hillary looked Pretty in Pink. The ties on the men were uniformly ugly. Hillary also made the audience stand up and cheer with that amazing AIDs answer. Roars for Hillary when she got the answer right on Darfur and everyone else followed. She got the big sound bites of the night which will be repeated over and over tomorrow. It will be Hillary in the lead this Summer just like it was Hillary in the lead this Spring, just like it was Hillary in the lead this Winter. Hillary did us proud tonight.
This debate was interesting. Hillary was wonderful. She had the best answer of the night with her AIDs response (comment agrees and CNN which is providing commentary agrees). Hillary had clear answers to questions with point programs. Hillary also had a strong moment with her Darful comment and that tough tough answer which prompted everyone else to follow. On outsourcing, which Obama attacked her for last week, Hillary demonstrated her experience and also spoke to environmental issues. Loved the It takes a village, answer.
Obama started strong and clearly had a lot of supporters in the audience. Obama proceeded to meander and start falling off the tracks (like the easy New Orleans answer which wandered around and around). Once again he spewed platitudes. This should have been Obama’s night and Hillary still shone. Compare Obama’s answer on New Orleans to Hillary’s answer.
Edwards was OK but hardly noticed. Biden was OK but predictable. Dodd was OK but not noticed much. Richardson had one good moment but perplexing. Kucinich was better than Gravel. Gravel has crossed the line and become a pest. Are all these guys, including Obama, running for Veep?