Democrats Nevada Debate: Open Thread
The Democrats' debate begins in 15 minutes. Big Tent Democrat discussed what you can expect here. He'll also be around to live-blog some of it.
I won't get to see it since I'm off to discuss Judith Regan's lawsuit against News Corp on Dan Abrams'MSNBC Wayne Barrett of the Village Voice will also be on.
I've tivo'd the debate and will add my thoughts after I've had a chance to watch it.
In the meantime, here's a place for readers to discuss it as it's airing.
Update [2007-11-15 19:59:50 by Big Tent Democrat]: The Lou Dobbs "pregame" was so stupid, so idiotic, so phony, so pointless that it could possibly have been the worst segment I have ever seen on television.
Update [2007-11-15 20:1:17 by Big Tent Democrat]: Wolf Blitzer. Ugh. But yes, there is nothing as bad as Russert. Nothing.
Update [2007-11-15 20:2:28 by Big Tent Democrat]: Cheering Introductions? Horrible. Just horrible. Phony on mike hellos from Wolf to the candidates? What is this?
Update [2007-11-15 20:4:5 by Big Tent Democrat]: We're off to a terrible start, reminding me why loathe these things.
Update [2007-11-15 20:5:7 by Big Tent Democrat]: Color commentary? Is this an SNL skit?
Update [2007-11-15 20:6:58 by Big Tent Democrat]: I am thisclose to turning this off, before a question has even bee asked.
Update [2007-11-15 20:8:38 by Big Tent Democrat]: MRS. Dan Senor asking questions in this debate. Just great.
Campbell Brown - the Politics of Parsing. Hillary has a TERRIBLE one liner - pantsuits of asbestos? Hillary ignores the question, goes into stump speech. Blah question, blah answer. I am close to turniogn this off folks.
Blitzer followup, Obama, what do you think of Hillary? I am now turning this off.
Not really but I WANT to. Hillary responds with some universal health care flippery from Obama.
The GOP is tough, I am tougher.
Obama says I am too for universal health care.
Zzzzz. This could possibly be the worst debate I have ever seen.
So Hillary decides to fire back. Whoopdeedoo.
"Fireworks!" Snooooe button debate.
CNN thinks they have a winner.
Update [2007-11-15 20:17:11 by Big Tent Democrat]: Edwards, nobody's perfect, no crap. Now Edwards dissembles on "combat troops" on Iraq.
Edwards decides to echo the GOP on Social Security. I assume Hillary will blast him on Social Security.
I think this debate is TERRIBLE for Obama and Edwards.
Update [2007-11-15 20:19:2 by Big Tent Democrat]: Hillary calls Edwards out for running the GOP playbook and she is absolutely right. Edwards is disgraceful imo.
Update [2007-11-15 20:23:47 by Big Tent Democrat]: Blitzer continues the foodfight motif.
Dodd decided that attacking Hillary is not for him. Good for Dodd. I may have to reendorse him.
Update [2007-11-15 20:26:12 by Big Tent Democrat]: Richardson hits a home run.
The Politics of Hillary Hate has run its course. Will Edwards get the message? No, he hits Hillary again. Edwards is done tonight.
Update [2007-11-15 20:29:39 by Big Tent Democrat]: Obama gives a terrific answer on the drivers license issue.
Update [2007-11-15 20:36:10 by Big Tent Democrat]: TYhe differeces between Clinton and Obama on the issues, their exchanges were I think perfectly acceptable political debate arguments.
Only ONE candidate engaged in character attacks - John Edwards. John Edwards is playing right out of the GOP playbook. His performance has been disgraceful. He is at the bottom of my list right now.
Update [2007-11-15 20:44:59 by Big Tent Democrat]: I give the night to Joe Biden for demonstrating his utter disgust with this debate.
Update [2007-11-15 20:46:46 by Big Tent Democrat]: After 45 minutes of itter BS, Wolf Blitzer thinks he can now discuss substantive issues. It is too late. The debate has been ruined. No one will listen now.
CNN has covered itself with shame.
I am not watching anymore.
Update (TL): I'm back. Just in time to hear Bill Richardson bash the border fence and lash out at immigrant haters and the audience cheered. The next thing I heard was Obama get booed, big time. Of course, some people will probably say he was being cheered - but it seemed to me they were booing him for accusing Hillary of saying something out of the Romney-Republican playbook. I think that's why Obama said "No, No, No, No" because he knew he was being booed. The CNN cameras panned to a woman clapping but the audio was clear to me.
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