First, let me address this nifty graphic that I found in South Carolina’s leading newspaper. The subliminal message is clear here, let me see if y’all are sharp enough to scope it. Anyway, everything was goin’ swimingly for our leading contenders until the end when Kucinich, Gravel and Obama got into a dust up over Barack’s understated messaging to the Jewish community about Iran. We’ve gone over this terrain before so refresh your recollection. Both Congressman Kucinich and Senator Gravel attacked the Safe Negro for essentially pandering to the Jewish community about a pre-emptive war with Iran that he had to forcefully rebut and put to rest.
Gravel went off on an earlier tangent about nuclear weapons and asked Barack “Who in the Hell are we gonna nuke, Barack? Gravel has been in the moth balls for a long time having last served in the Senate when the world was new and bell bottoms were still fashionable. He did his level best to sound unstable and irrational enough to question conventional wisdom and charge that the military industrial complex mentality has the D.C. beltway firmly in its grip.
Hillary, Barack, and Biden were clearly the winners of the evening with the responses they gave and the number of questions directed their way. Some folk will be taking a closer look at Biden especially. Bringing up the rear was Dodd and Richardson. Richardson’s explanation of his Iraq plan was sensible enough to get him serious scrutiny as a possible Vice Presidential pick or Secretary of State. He outshined Biden, Barack and Hillary on that.
Lastly comes Edwards. I was not impressed with his performance. He wasn’t unfocused per se, but he just didn’t seem to be quite there tonight.