Did anyone else see the Democratic Presidential campaign debate today? It was broadcast on MSNBC. I just finished watching it and had a few thoughts. First of all, I don't have a tv, so this is the first program that I have watched in a couple of weeks. I have been wondering where all this hoopla over Wesley Clark is coming from. After hearing him speak today, I am less confused. He was a very powerful speaker, and his ideas and tactics were very practical. You can tell he's a military man. After today I'd definitely put him as a front-runner. John Kerry was my favorite candidate, and I think he has the most comprehensive plan for running the country. I also like a lot of his ideas on education and defense. Visit his website for more info. I like Kucinich for the fact that he stood up in the House as the only member to vote against the war in Iraq. Unfortunately, he comes across as a one note candidate. He also was not nearly as comfortable in front of the cameras as the rest of the candidates, though he did seem earnest in his ideals. Gephardt came across as pure politician. I was kinda surprised at how well the crowd reacted towards him. I would rather see him stay in the Senate, because I think that's where he can do the most good. I didn't get any vibe from Edwards at all. Mosely-Braun came across as earnest, but lightweight. I'm beginning to wonder if that's because of her positions or if it's simply a cultural prejudice against a female leader. I want to like her, and I do, I just don't see her in the White House. Sharpton was very focused on his topic of choice, which was enfranchising the people and fighting for them, but I also didn't get a presidential vibe from him, though I am happy that he's in the race to keep his ideas in the marketplace. Surprisingly, I thought Dean was rather weak in the debate. He's been portrayed as the other front runner, and I don't think he'll hold that position long with his weak showing. He, like Sharpton, spoke of the power of the American people, which I liked, but I didn't hear much in the way of policy from him. Tom Brokaw I thought did a good job officiating. Overall I was impressed by the way he kept the debate moving. One thing I didn't like was that he would occasionally ask a question that was deliberately inflammatory in order to set the candidates against eachother. For instance, he asked Kerry if he thought Dean had enough foreign policy experience to be president, and he asked Mosely-Braun who she would pick of the candidates for her secretary of state. Both questions were dodged fairly well, though. The only bad dodge was made by Gephardt over whether Ariel Sharon is an obstacle to peace in the Middle East. I really don't see why the media (what I've seen in the papers) is ragging on Kerry for firing his campaign manager. They play it up like this will cost him the presidency, or that it should. I wonder how much of his grief they are causing by creating it themselves, like a self-fullfilling prophecy. Leiberman wasn't there, but spoke afterwards to Chris Matthews and said something important, which was that we can thrwo recriminations around all we want about Iraq et all, but what we've got to do is start to figure out what to do about it. Of interest, Kerry and Edwards were in Washington, and attended the debate by HD satellite. Leiberman actually made a good comparison, calling it Max Headroom-style. A very apt description. It *was* kinda cool. Edwards and Kerry were lined up with all the other candidates, they simply appeared in widescreen form. Think the conference room meeting in Demolition Man, with the table surounded by televisions. All in all it was a very informative debate and helped me see a little more into the ideas and opinions of the candidates. If anyone has read this far, thank you very much. Did you see the debate, and you have any thoughts on it or the candidates? Perhaps this can become the Official Democratic Presidential Campaign Thread. A continuing debate of the candidates, their policies, and the race. Have at it.