THE DEBATE….I don’t usually watch candidate debates, but I watched today’s show since it was in the middle of the day and I was curious to see how the new kid did.

I don’t really have much to say aside from a few top-of-the-head reactions:

  • Kerry sure seems like he could do better. But the fact is that at the end of the debate, I really couldn’t have told you where he stood on much of anything.

  • Dean spent a little too much time complaining about everyone else attacking him.

  • On the other hand, the others did spend a lot of time attacking him.

  • Clark did OK. He seemed like he was giving high school level answers to the questions, but he didn’t screw up anywhere and came across OK. He’ll probably get better as time goes on.

  • Edwards was the same as ever. He’s got a really good speaking style, and says some good stuff, but just can’t quite elevate himself above the crowd. The one-minute-per-answer format definitely doesn’t suit him.

  • Graham needs to get out of the race. Now.

  • Gephardt just sounded like a politician. Lieberman seemed better than usual, but his big accomplishment was not being booed. Yippee.

At this point, there’s nothing to make me question the conventional wisdom: the race is Dean vs. Clark. I wish the rest of them would drop out soon so we could get down to business.

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