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Thursday, April 26, 2007

LIVE BLOG!

8:35 - Final Standings and then I'm out:

1. Chris Dodd (Quality answers to everything; proved his experience)
2. John Edwards (Smart, tempered answers to everything)
3. Hillary Clinton (Strong answers, but started and closed poorly)
4. Joe Biden (Came on VERY strong in the second half)
5. Dennis Kucinich (Nice ideas, nice delivery...still looks like a gnome)
6. Barack Obama (Maybe not bad, but did not meet expectations)
7. Bill Richardson (Boring, verbose, not charismatic. Tough night.)
8. Mike Gravel (He made his point. He drops out in May.)

8:29 - Annnnd scene. Thanks for reading! Final Standings coming right up, though I'd love to see your guys thoughts on the comments page.

8:29 - Love Biden's answer on if the Dems have a winner. Sadly, he is not one of them.

8:27 - Hillary's voice is raising! Careful, Hillary! Everyone is reaching for their volume control.

8:26 - Edwards stumped by the moral beacon question, and in all fairness, it's a very tough question with no right answer.

8:25 - Obama and Kucinich could put on a terrific debate. Someone make this happen.

8:22 - Brian Williams is funny.

8:21 - Say what you want about Gravel, but you know you're leaning forward when Williams asks him a question.

8:19 - We could time Richardson with a calendar. Get to the point, man!

8:16 - Everyone, take cover! Kucinich has a prop!

8:15 - The first part of Hillary's answer on retaliation was a disaster. She said she would respond quickly, but only after listing several time-consuming qualifiers first. Not a good job there.

8:13 - Edwards: "We have more tools available to us than bombs." Quote it. You'll read it. Love it.

8:11 - Why is Obama boring me? Very un-Obamalike. Experienced does not have to be synonymous with dull.

8:08 - I love the question about Democrats supposedly not being able to protect the American people. It was right in Dodd's wheelhouse. And Dodd just retroactively, brilliantly, and seamlessly answered the "great American threat" question. Great job. Back in the lead.

8:06 - Richardon's answers have more lists than the AFI. He's incredibly wordy and rambling. Brian Williams has had to cut him off multiple times. And ultimately, he doesn't look happy to be there. Not a good showing from the governor.

8:04 - Gravel: "Who are you afraid of, Brian? I'm not."

8:03 - Biden dubs Russia the third biggest threat to the United States! Oh boy. Cold War: Part II. Someone get Sylvester Stallone on this. We might need another Rocky. I'm pretty sure Dolph Lundgren's available.

8:01 - Obama doing a good job in the foreign policy response. He doesn't sound inexperienced, and that's important.

7:59 - Name the first thing you want to accomplish on the first day. "Richardson: get us out of Iraq." In the first day? "And reduce carbon emissions?" WOW.

7:57 - Updated standings: 1. Clinton; 2. Edwards; 3. Dodd; 4. Biden; 5. Kucinich; 6. Obama; 7. Richardson; 8. Homer Simpson; 9. Gravel. The last two are included because they make me laugh.

7:55:15 - Education time over?

7:55 - Education time! Listen up, fellow teachers!

7:53 - Checking the different stats on tonight's blog...shattering all sorts of PPFA records. Thanks to everyone who's reading.

7:52 - One of Hillary's biggest mistakes: "Believing the President." WOW. She should have paused on that one. That could have been huge.

7:50 - Did MSNBC get a degree in secondary education? I love the staggered format. Keep the candidates on their toes and the viewers interested.

7:48 - Clinton matches Edwards' answer. Clinton and Edwards pass Dodd, but Dodd still has to speak in this round.

7:46 - Obama is doing okay. He's doing fine. The problem is, he's supposed to be GREAT. I think he'd do much better in a 1 on 1 debate, but right now, he's thoroughly unimpressive. If he doesn't turn it around, look for a dip in poll numbers.

7:45 - Edwards does a GREAT job with his allusion to substance over style on issues. I think that resonated with the Democrats watching at home.

7:43 - Hand raise question: Great idea, but ultimately irrelevant.

7:42 - Richardson's cross-party appeal won't do him an ounce of good in the primary. "A person with a mental illness cannot get a gun." Wow. The limb bends.

7:40 - Hillary's first mention of Bill. I had 7:31 in my office pool.

7:39 - I love the Supreme Court question. More rapid fire!!

7:38 - Dodd back up...and extends his lead. Might be in the Top 5 by the end of the night.

7:36 - Kucinich is a great liberal, but if you take his Precious, he might murder you.

7:34 - Obama is tightly holding onto the "outside politician with new bipartisan ideas" mantle. Relax Barack, Mike Gravel isn't going anywhere with your mantle.

7:32 - Edwards just achieved a perfect primary debate objective: He stressed the importance of a Democrat to win while making himself seem like the Democrat a mainstream liberal should vote for.

7:30 - Current rankings after two rounds: 1. Dodd; 2. Clinton; 3. Edwards. Honorable mention to Mike Gravel for getting the country to pay attention to him for at least a minute.

7:29 - Okay, Gravel is officially stealing the show! Newman wants to be a part of the cast!

7:29 - Mike Gravel sounds like a know-it-all grandfather who knows very little.

7:28 - Legitimately funny moment with Biden and a one-word answer. No, that won't provide an ounce of help in his anemic poll numbers. Still. Funny.

7:25 - Dodd doing a great job tonight. It sounds like he's improvising his answers and it's all truth. His experience is his greatest strength but also his greatest weakness.

7:23 - Senator Clinton's got the pearls and earrings. Here comes the Marge Simpson vote! Oh, was she talking?

7:21 - Edwards saying he was born in South Carolina does more to garner South Carolinian votes than anything else that will be said tonight. His childhood story, though probably genuine, probably bored 95% of the country.

7:18 - The "elephants in the room" questions? I can't imagine Fox would match this with the GOP. And why should they? They're fair and balanced.

7:16 - Comment from sptmck on Kucinich: "Love the guy, but he looks like one of the borg." Couldn't agree more. Resistance is futile!

7:14 - Great quote from Dodd, explaining that our toils in Iraq are a "sign of weakness, not a sign of strength."

7:12 - Bill Richardson has always had difficulty talking in laymen's terms. That is his greatest barrier to making the Big Three the Big Four.

7:11 - Glad to see Dennis Kucinich could make it from out from underneath the bridge. Hopefully the billy goats were a satiating meal.

7:09 - First point goes to Clinton. She takes a shot at the President and says, if President she will get us out. You're going to read the quote over and over. Clear as crystal.

7:06 - Joe Biden's specifics about Iraq please me. His experience just came through in spades. And when it comes to experience, he and Dodd are like turtles among fruit flies.

7:05 - Paraphrased Hillary: "It's up to Iraq to decide whether we'll stay in Iraq." Yikes.

7:03 - Does anyone see Bill Richardson right now? The guy looks like he just saw that Chris Dodd isn't wearing any pants.

7:02 - I'm not gonna lie, John Edwards looks GREAT. I wonder how much money he spends on a haircut...

7:01 - All right, let's do this!

6:57 - Will you ever get tired of seeing Dan Quayle footage? I won't.

6:48 - Welcome to Presidential Politics for America's live coverage of the first debate between the Democratic candidates for President. I was going to write a preview to the debate in the lead-in hour, but MSNBC seems determined to milk this event for all its worth. What is it - sweeps week? I haven't seen Chris Matthews so excited since discussing the political ramifications of George Allen's macaca. And of course Keith Olberman's gotta be pumped about being surrounded by Democrats. It's like he just went on a jihad and here are his 72 virgins. The only problem for Olberman, of course, is that a Democratic debate is nearly an impossible venue to integrate a pun about our President's inadequacies. I haven't seen a fish this out of water since Alyssa Milano was on celebrity Jeopardy.

61 comments:

PresidentWebb said...

I wonder if Bush is watching this. Nothing like 90 minutes of lyrical stump speeches decring your incompetence.


Kucinich is the man. HR.1234, I love it...

sptmck said...

Biden sounded like he had one too many. The "not a game" rhetoric dreadfully reminded me of the Princeton hat at the Alito confirmation.

sptmck said...

Edwards seems...tired. And Kucinich needs to get some of Hillary's PR consultants. Love the guy, but he looks like one of the borg.

sptmck said...

Dodd is, thus far, impressive. His sense of rhythm, pace, and emphasis are effective. Unlike Joe Biden, who DEFINITELY had a black n tan with dinner.

sptmck said...

Barry, though, needs to close the gaps---far too many pauses and...ahs. He comes off fragmented, thus far. However, he seems to be establishing a momentum now in his delivery.

sptmck said...

OK----What's the deal with Williams? Is he OD-ing on DOWD???

sptmck said...

Williams is definitely channeling DOWD--no question. Hedge off, dude.

atm said...

I am sorry but what kind of flim-flam operation is MSNBC running when a haircut question gets through? Maureen Dowd must be footing the bill here. Ridiculous!

sptmck said...

Notice how hillary is N-E-R-V-O-U-S about her hedgey, hedge, Wall street friends.

PresidentWebb said...

I feel John Edwards' pain. I also remember not being able to eat at certain resturants. Now, I spend $400 a month on my Cystal Light addiction.

sptmck said...

Yeah, the Adventures of Huckleberry Edwards narrative bombed.

PresidentWebb said...

Dodd is the best politican of the group. He should have moved to Florida a decade ago.

sptmck said...

I mean, I can't decide for Kucinich: Borg or Lord of the Rings. Thoughts?

sptmck said...

OK, Joe just sobered up.

sptmck said...

GRAVEL...WTF??????????????

PresidentWebb said...

Kucinich is huge into LOTR. HE is half Elfish. One Ring to rule them all....

I love this Gravel fellow.

Joe Biden's campaign is being funded by Absolut and Redbull

sptmck said...

Here we go with the Scarlet Letter A.

sptmck said...

Barack channeling Joe's wordiness or what?

sptmck said...

Trojans...and pregnancy usually don't mix, JOE.

PresidentWebb said...

Biden forum is The Daily Show.

I just love it when Kucinich talks about "his" presidency. It is like talking about time travel or Manbearpig.

Justice Ginsberg gets pub. O' Conner is pissed she didn't stay on.

sptmck said...

presidentwebb: Now Richardson is on the precious bandwagon.

atm said...

Gravel is a bulldog. Obama should kick him some money.

Loved Brian's gun question where they had to show hands.

If Biden did have a few pints tonight, I think it must be working for him.

PresidentWebb said...

Gollum-eque insanity is huge in politics.

These folks all have more devious 2nd personalities.

Kucinich owns a gun,..... the revolution is on comrades.....

PresidentWebb said...

Hillary on health insurance. I feel like it is 1994...

sptmck said...

I think Hillary is bringing out her inner...Pat Benatar: Bring it on boys--hit me with your best shot on health care.

sptmck said...

Yes, there's a secondary education thing going on, and Gravel needs an IEP.

PresidentWebb said...

"underestimating the arrogance" of the current administration-Classic Biden!

PresidentWebb said...

I'm with Biden, I want a raise...

atm said...

Joe Biden must be channeling the local president of my former teacher's union. He must be hoping for the NEA-AFT endorsement.

sptmck said...

I think in my former life--as a drug addict at the haight in '68--I dropped acid with Kucinich.

sptmck said...

And...apparently Richardson was there, dropping acid and smoking dope.

atm said...

ic- just read your 7:46 comment on Obama. He just seems like a wet blanket for some reason. If he was supposed to be the American Idol candidate someone referred to earlier in the debate, I am not impressed. (Admittedly, I am also not impressed with the program itself either).

sptmck said...

Yeah, IC: I agree with the wife. He seems very...JV.

atm said...

I have to be honest hear...
Gravel cracks me up so much that I am skipping the first half hour of Ugly Betty.

sptmck said...

It seems to me that Gravel was supposed to be in OfficeSpace. He, too, digs the red stapler.

sptmck said...

Dodd is doing well.

sptmck said...

Go ask alice...I think she'll know...When Kucinich and proportion...

sptmck said...

Now WILLIAMS is channeling Rummy.

PresidentWebb said...

Kucinich-The War on Terror is a farce.

The man's sweat should be bottled for cloning purposes. And for perfume!

sptmck said...

Barack HAS GOT TO GET his groove back.

atm said...

I think Barack is a raging case of stage fright. He's having a real hard time getting through some of these questions without seeming well too ... WORDY. It's like reading a stack of college essays listening to him.

sptmck said...

Wittiest comments of the evening: presidentwebb. Hey, IC, can we get him to guest blog?

sptmck said...

Did Williams say something about...a dime bag?

sptmck said...

At risk of repeating some earlier comments... Dodd's performance is simply rocking this debate. I hope this gets him more national recognition. He could be our hero in a Julio Iglesias sort of way.

atm said...

oops... that Julio-Dodd comment was from me, sorry.

sptmck said...

Gavel...and NUCLEAR ENERGY? Ah...

sptmck said...

It's not Brian Williams: it's Maureen Dowd in drag. Now take that light bulb.

ATM said...

Barack needs a cartoon bubble with zzz's over his head. I think Hillary just laughed at him (not near him).

PresidentWebb said...

Answer the question the man aske...

I planted trees...and now I want to talk about killing terrorists.

sptmck said...

Kucinich = Horseshack

sptmck said...

Yeah, man: Hillary is laughing herself to a few more percentage points.

sptmck said...

Bejesus!

sptmck said...

Nuke it, for Barack's sake.

ATM said...

Edwards blinks a lot. I hope it's not the mascara bothering him.

sptmck said...

Ok, Edwards, you're not trying out for the Walton's.

PresidentWebb said...

Thats it...
Gravel needs his own reality show...."Digging Gravel"...I love it...

ATM said...

I'm glad the Joe Biden had the last word.

Thanks IC. This was fun.

PresidentWebb said...

Placing Order

Clinton, Dodd, Edwards, Kucinich Obama , the Rest

Biggest Disappointment-Richardson and Obama

sptmck said...

Again, presidentwebb has both the wit and the insight: Clinton was the most steady, Dodd had the biggest gains, and Edwards, albeit inconsitent, held his own. Precious and company just didn't get any traction--certainly points here and there but nothing really added up. Obama should've let Kucinich do his ankle-biting and just ignore the Gravelnator. It seems like we are in line with the folks over at MSNBC.

ATM said...

Agreed.
Clinton-Dodd-Edwards.

Biden impressed me in the second half and gets honorable mention.

I do think that Chris Matthews harbors a man-crush on Obama. Not his first crush, not his last.

IC said...

Great job by you guys. Thanks. President Webb and sptmck have both written guest columns. ATM, how about YOU?

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