After as uneventful South Carolina debate where essentially nothing surprising was said, the candidates came out ablazing last night. Some impressions:
Joe Biden: I wish his candidacy could gain more traction. He spoke with passion about Darfur, and gave a laudable defense of his vote in favor of the democrat's capitulation funding bill.
Bill Richardson: Is it me? or is he by far the most annoying of candidates? He constantly went over on time; rudely dismissing Wolf Blitzer's pleas for him to move on; began every response with "as the governer of New Mexico." Okay, Bill; we get it. You were the governer of New Mexico (which you said in your intro), and you did some good things while governing one of the most irrelevant states in the union. Now stop lying about being drafted by MLB teams, stop opining about things you have no clue about (favorite SCOTUS justices), and stop pandering to the NRA. Most importantly, stop running for President.
John Edwards: Gained points in my book for attacking Barack & Hillary for not showing leadership in casting their votes, and sticking by his assertion that the "War on Terror" is nothing but a political slogan.
Chris Dodd, Mike Gravel: Why are they still being invited to these things?
Dennis Kucinich: Gotta love the guy, but has no shot at the presidency. His answer to the Bin Laden hypothetical is not what America wants to hear. But he did come tantalizingly close to requesting that GWB be hauled in front of an international criminal court.
Hillary Clinton: Deftly played the role of front runner; said nothing controversial. All in all, an expected satisfactory performance from a candidate facing increasing mounting challenges.
Barack Obama: Did not like his stab at John Edwards for coming on to the anti-war bandwagon four and a half years too late, but did immensely like his rebuke of Wolf's question on whether English should be the official language. It's obvious that the moderators will ask questions like that to divide, but he handled that like a President. Barack also drilled that hanging curveball left by Kucinich's pacifist response to the Bin Laden question. I think Barack needs to work on his staccato delivery of responses. It might behoove him to not begin every response with "look, we all.."
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