Snow Fright and the Six Stooges went at it last night in the Democratic Candidates’ Debate as reported here yesteday. I don’t know if the highlight was Congressman Dennis Kucinich discussing the time he saw a UFO or John Edwards looking like he landed in one. In any event, if a knockout punch was hoped to be delivered by Barack Obama, it clearly was not. Senator Clinton was able to finesse her way through by not responding in kind. Her only stumble -the doubletalk involving New York State’s demented governor Spitzer’s plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.
Obama said he was going to go "Yo Mama" on her, and he folded like a six week old slice of swiss cheese. Edwards was far more obnoxious, and it showed. Note to Edwards, if you are going to push snake oil, then you got to sell it with a real smile – not a fake one. New Mexico Governor Richardson blew hot and cold, but he had the sense to defend Hillary by saying the attacks against her were uncalled for, and then repeating all the attacks. The two adults – Joe Biden and Chris Dodd weren’t bad, but treading water doesn’t help their struggling campaigns. Biden got off a nice shot at Rudy and the 911 game. Kucinich with the protective shield afforded those who can not possibly win, was able to get off a few shots at the process itself.
End of the day, Hillary did what she had to do – ignore the boys and make them cry. She should have been more prepared for the driver’s license question – old Bill would have seen that one coming from a mile away. But she did pretty well on her feet as even the questions were directed against her. Conclusion: Hillary’s staff should start thinking about running mates now.