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Democratic Debate

A respected acquaintance posed the question of whether there were any clear winners in last night’s Democratic Debate–and I’ll share my thoughts on this here.

I don’t think there was a clear winner, unless I can vote for the Democratic party. No candidate jumped out for me, not that I really expected one to in that forum and at this early stage.

Clinton’s the front-runner, and presented herself as such. She held her ground when necessary at a few points, but avoided playing the shrew.

Obama has yet to let me (or anyone?) know what he’s about. Lots of rhetoric and patriotic cheerleading, but how does he plan to get from A to B with anything? I’m starting to get an impression of him as the Democrat’s Bush (and not because of his ears). He’s high on ideals, but doesn’t seem to sweat the details too much.

Edwards came across as I expected he would, thorough and articulate. I’m not sure how those traits will play out in a Presidential race though, it’s been so long since we’ve seen them.

Biden just makes Clinton, Obama and Edwards look more Presidential. I don’t know what else to say about him. I’m still dumb-founded over where he’s raising money from at this point.

Richardson is really one of my favorite candidates in this race, but that man just doesn’t do well speaking before crowds. He’s ruthless in diplomacy, his record speaks to that, and he’s done what appears to be a pretty fair job as Governor. Plus, I think he’s moderate enough to pull support from Independents and even moderate Republicans in a general election, if they can just get past feeling uncomfortable watching him speak.

Kucinich and Gravel each make Biden look Presidential. That’s about all I’ve got to say about that…

However, the one winner I did see in last night’s debate was the Democratic party. 7 top members (Gravel doesn’t count), all fighting for the same 1 job, were absolutely civil with one another and united against the failed policies, cronyism and corruptions of the current administration.

I don’t remember seeing that at all last time around, and I think it’s a very good sign for the Democratic party.

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