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The beginning walk to positions? What is this, a fashion show? What a stupid, stupid idea-- an insult that demeaned the candidates. Oh. Wait, There's one candidate who might fit on a fashion show runway... but she was wearing asbestos.

Hillary got off easy, from Blitzer. But Edwards and Obama went after her.It was interesting that Edwards caught the flak, getting hit pretty hard by Blitzer and company. They're afraid of him. Hillary did get in some good answers on her running as a woman. Of course gender is an issue. The question is how does she handle this excursion into unexplored territory-- the land of female presidential candidacy... and how do the other candidates handle their travels in the neighboring land of running against a female candidate?

Blitzer asked some questions that surely, Republicans would find the answers useful.

Obama did not come across as dynamic, special or a leader, just another candidate. I think he lost the most this time.

Edwards, Richardson and Biden came off very solid, with strong ideas. I think the three of them did best in this debate.

I like what Edwards says about taking care of the people, of workers, rather than big business. That resonates with me. But I'm not your average listener. Does his message get through to the tiny fraction of viewers who watch debates? That's his challenge.

Biden was engaging, funny and showed his diplomatic expertise, and Richardson came back showing it too. Edwards chimed in, also showing more than expected in that area.

Kucinich had some good lines, but, on at least two ocassions, seemed grouchy and angry. His reply on whether he would support democrats was probably not clear to most Americans. I'm not sure I understood it. I did like his line, "Just imagine what it would be like to have a president who's right the first time."

Dodd keeps coming across as a wonk. He has experience, has done the right thing in recent senate votes where Hillary and Obama have refused to take a stand, but that's not enough.
He needs to break out with some stories that change him from reporting information to tying in with something that produces an emotional response.
There was a strong debate over healthcare. That's a good thing, but it only lasted a few minutes. I'd love to see a whole debate devoted to just that issue.

Richardson is looking more presidential. Being a governor really IS a lot different than being a member of congress. His answers were smart, principled and decidedly different than the Republicans. That shows guts and character.


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Thanks for your coverage of the debates.  How... by Joan Brunwasser on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 9:30:35 AM
he also dumped DREs.  Didn't he?... by Rob Kall on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 9:32:46 AM
the country and the democratic party is in trouble... by liberalsrock on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 11:38:01 AM
RobA Kuchinich remark that stuck with me was when ... by Cliff Carson on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 1:21:40 PM
It's a profound sound byte. Kucinich is brilli... by Rob Kall on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 2:26:33 PM
Television isn't about truth discovering or di... by Andris on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 10:06:44 PM
Debates, as to what the media call them have run t... by drasile on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 1:40:32 PM
"Kucinich had some good lines, but, on at lea... by Digitboy on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 2:46:43 PM
DaveAs I said in 'good Show' You are expec... by Andris on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 10:17:47 PM
Reason for Citizen Amendment 22If we the people ar... by Anton Grambihler on Saturday, Nov 17, 2007 at 1:28:19 AM
 I dont like the current system of canadates ... by vincent passiatore on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 11:26:05 PM
There could be an unlimited number of ways to sele... by Cliff Carson on Sunday, Nov 18, 2007 at 3:10:01 PM
Absolutely correct on many levels.I get tiired to ... by Andris on Monday, Nov 19, 2007 at 2:29:57 AM