I don’t know if Obama or Clinton won the debate, but sure as hell ABC lost. Half of the debate spent on trivial issues (why doesn’t Obama wear the flag pin? Really?)
As for the candidates, it was a tough night for Obama. I’m trying not to be biased – but there really was a lack of talk about issues and policy, as if the script for tonight was written by the writers from Lost as opposed to journalists. The focus on the tabloid issues, is not a good place for Obama – and being that they spent an hour on it – this wasn’t a good debate for him. As for the comments of him looking defensive – kind of hard not to be, but I think he went on too long, and should have pushed harder to get the dialog to the issues.
That said – if Obama is going to become the nominee and ultimately the President, he’s going to have to take his lumps and respond better than he did tonight. Clinton fights like a Republican – dirty tricks and all. I think it was Pat Buchanan or Keith Olbermann said she’s a knife fighter and Obama isn’t used to knife fights. It’s part of her appeal and her selling point – that we need someone that’s going to fight like that to beat the Republicans and their games. I hope not. I’d like to be a little more optimistic and have a little more faith in people than that.
What were your thoughts?