Early thoughts: Senator Obama is poised. Biden looks like he’s trying to present himself as the elder statesman of the group. Edwards is a lot shorter than I thought, not even as tall as Hillary.
Yeah, that’s petty, but it’s the first thing I noticed.
For her part, Hillary looks really good, if I may say so, rested and focused.
Bill Richardson may be the most experienced of the group, but his answer to the immigration question was so nuanced that he might as well have taken a pistol and shot himself in both feet right there on stage and saved us a minute and a half of our lives that we’ll never get back.
Whoa. Biden’s answer on his fence vote — “I voted for it because it was the only option available to us” — just made Richardson look a lot better. No wonder Richardson laughed.
The guys on the end, Gravel, Dodd, and Kucinich, appear to have been placed there on purpose; they’re pretty much being ignored. Who decided the standing order, anyway? They should have been arranged alphabetically to avoid placing the clear front-runners in advantageous positions at the middle of the stage.
Quick summary: Hillary came across as — dare I say it? — presidential. Obama, while confident, appeared just a bit aloof, while Hillary was warmer than I’ve ever seen her. Biden was the only other candidate in the debate who matched the gravitas that Hillary displayed.
I hate to think so, but based on tonight’s performance, I believe Senator Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination.