i caught some of the democratic candidate debate on PBS the other day. the general level of rhetoric was oh-so-refreshingly high for most of the time. and there was a _lot_ of anger at bush and his policies. i liked it. these guys weren't afraid to speak their minds. a few notes: gephardt - i normally don't like him too much, but MAN did he go on a tear on bush. red-faced, shouting, valid points, true anger. i may have to reconsider my position on him. lieberman - developed a dislike for him during the '00 election. find him too religious and w/ his right turn signal always on (i just made that up . however, he is a smart guy and rebutted some things dean et. al. said w/ some intelligent and thoughtful arguments. even if i don't always agree w/ his politics, he gets it. i feel he knows what a good compromise is. kerry - came off as articulate and knowledgeable. i liked some of the things he said. kucinich - seemed uncomfortable but made some good points. at one point, came of as disingenuous by adopting language seemingly designed to appeal to younger voters. dean - showed a good amount of anger. has passion in the right places, but some of the things he wanted to do didn't seem completely thought out. still, had a good rebuttal for lieberman after lieberman dismantled a couple things he said. came off as intelligent and genuine. edwards - said some intelligent things brawn - hardly said anything. not sure she was even part of the debate.