Debate In Progress
I'm watching the CNBC/Wall Street Journal Democratic presidential debate right now, trying to stay interested but noting a few things as we go. A good thing about this debate is that the panel isn't particularly sympathetic to the candidates, as it includes CNBC's Gloria Borger and Ron Insana and WSJ Washington bureau chief Gerald Seib. Moderator Brian Williams seems naturally fit for the job, himself, coming across as the embodiment of middle America, complete with a little natural skepticism.
One interesting trend is that the centrist candidates, particularly Kerry and Lieberman, are referring more to the (perceived) successes of the Clinton administration, drawing a contrast to the more leftist candidates, particularly Dean. So they're taking some of the wind out of Dean's sails and further impeding whatever chances Kucinich and Sharpton ever had. Even Gephardt is trying to look more like a centrist.
Clark seems to benefit the most from the 60 second limit on responses to questions, ably fitting what he wants to say within and avoiding the challenge of further articulation of what he's actually saying.
Considering that the election is more than 13 months away and we'll have four quarters of continued economic growth in the meantime, I wonder if anything said here today will matter when the time comes to vote.