Debate Wrapup

DEBATE WRAPUP….Well, the best political team on television (or whatever they call themselves) seems hellbent on agreeing that Hillary is back! Obama just couldn’t bring the fire again.

My take is that this just goes to show how starved everyone is for something to talk about. Frankly, Hillary’s “stumbles” in the last debate were pretty minor, and there was never any reason to think that she wouldn’t be back to her old self this time around. Ditto for Obama, who did about as well as he usually does — namely OK, but not great. The debate format really doesn’t seem to favor him. He does better in speeches than he does in soundbites.

As with virtually every debate, the bottom line is that no one made any huge mistakes and no one kicked any serious ass. Pretty much everyone left the stage in about the same shape they were in when they walked onto it.

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