I'm curious if anyone else watched it and what reactions are. I've avoided reading or watching the news pros trying to tell me what I should think about the debate, but would love to hear the reaction of the soccer fan segment of the electorate. My own impresions... First, some moron asks Kerry about the Red Sox, but no one asks Kucinich about MLS expansion into Cleveland....go figure. Then the first 10 minutes of the debate and here and there throughout were taken up by mud slinging at Dean. Nothing substantive that I could see. The confederate flag is a red herring, as is the NRA endorsement. There are too many important things to discuss without delving into that kind of nonsense. The only important thing to come out of those exchanges was to see that Dean shows panic in his eyes when he's attacked. I'm not convinced yet that he has what it takes to go for another whole year with that kind of pressure. My prediction is that he'll have some kind of breakdown before New Hampshire and start openly weeping during speeches ala Ed Muskie. He can't take the stress. Lieberman will retire from the race before March. He has little to offer, and no interesting way to present what little he has. He seemed a vaguely likable looser, like Adalai, up there....."Hey, remember me?....I ran for the executive office once before...remember?" I'm sure he has a lot of money, so I can't imagine why he can't hire anyone smart enough to tell him that if he wants votes he should come up with a few nice ideas that people might want to vote for. I love to hear Sharpton speak. Whenever he says something in those beautiful tones with his wit and poetry, I look around for an offering plate to put some money into. Unfortunatly, when a few moments pass and I try to think of the substance of what he actually said I realize that like most preacher's words, it's just sound and fury. Carol Mosley-Braun. She's a woman. She's a black woman. She's very different from the president and the other candidates in that respect. Otherwise, I'm not sure why anyone would support her. Simalarly, Clark and Edwards are from the south and they're handsome. Edwards is young and handsome and from the south. Clark is handsome, from the south and a former general. Like Mosley-Braun, their policies seem to be a mish-mash of ideas that won't make anyone too angry at them. Both of them seem like the kind that would call a saff meeting and hire a focus group to see if saying "God bless America" were too contoversial. My man Kucinich was inspiring and disappointing again. His ideas are great, which is why I support him. His presentation is awful, and makes me cringe at times. Is it possible to make him look taller? Elevator shoes? A big hairdo...something. He made 5 great points about improving the economy and increasing jobs before he was cut off by the one minute buzzer, and I got the impression he could make 20 or 30 more. Ideas aren't his weak point. When candidates were admitting to smoking canabis or not, he says "No, but I think pot should be de-criminalized," even without prompting. Gotta love that. Then he grabs Sharpton in an awkward embrace and calls him "Mah Brutha...". What a disappointment such blatant pandering is. It's enough to drive a supporter to wild gestures and gnashing of teeth. Kerry seems to be the only serious rival to Dean, and is a better candidate in my opinion. His policies are acceptable if not perfect, and he has a poise and bearing that Dean only seems to have for the first few minutes that you see him. Besides those awful hunting photo's of him flashed on the screen, he had a pretty good debate. But he still fails to distinguish himself. Like about half of the other candidates, he seems afraid to say anything that might make someone upset. He better do or say something to make an impact on the primary voters before too long or he'll lose his chance. Thankfully, Ghephardt didn't show up. After leading the democratic legislature to that terrible defeat in the mid-term elections, he should be run out of the party with a bull-whip. Why would anyone trust him to run anything more important that the Hazzard County Coroner's election after that dismal failure? Finally, these debates really need to include fewer members with more individual time to respond to questions. 4 members on one night, 5 on the other chosen randomly. Something like that.