A debate moderated by Keith Olbermann will be held tonight at 7:00 pm on MSNBC. I expect it to be off the chain. Stay tuned to this space to for my impressions after.
My initial impressions are these: Obama won the debate by counterattacking the Dodd and Hillary tag team on Pakistan. Regardless of the sensibility of forecasting a strike on Pakistan necessitated by “actionable intelligence,” and Musharraf intransigence, people are ready for aggressive military action against the 9/11 attackers since the B.S. in Baghdad hasn’t worked.
Hillary’s widenening poll lead is clearly frustrating her rivals and some, like Chris Dodd, seem to be positioning themselves to be a part of the Clinton troika as Vice President.
Next, I was surprised by Kucinich and how clear and consise he was last night. That was a refreshing change from his insistence to “text peace.”
The question on health care from the disabled retiree was very moving and brought the entire stadium to its feet. I was moved to tears on that one and could really feel his pain. “But for the grace of God go I,” I thought.
Juxtaposed with Hillary’s refusal to ban pack contributions from her coffers, it was a real stark contrast and underscored the corrupt nature of our politics and the seeming powerlessness of our people to do something about it.
After it was all over and I had a chance to reflect, I feel absolutely dejected. There is almost nothing I can do, it seems, to flip the script and the corporate strings that will inevitably entangle the presumptive nominee.
Keith Olbermann was full of good humor but it lacked the pizzazz of one his comment monologues. I’m almost ready to say that we would be better off as a nation with him leading us. Most of the so-called candidates just don’t impress me. This will probably be the last debate that I watch for the balance of the summer because this race is bout’ over.