As it opened, the Democratic debate looked more like an academic brain-bowl than a presidential debate. Unfortunately, it sounded like a presidential debate and not like an academic brain-bowl.
Senator Clinton put her best foot in it by saying, “The American people know where I stand”. No argument there. The question is, does she? She’s an uber-liberal socialist Democrat trying desperately to come across as a moderate. And this is a big problem for the little lady because a moderate is just another name for an uber-liberal socialist Democrat who is too spineless to admit they’re an uber-liberal socialist Democrat…because it’s political suicide. But so is claiming to be a moderate because everyone knows a moderate is just an uber…oh, you get the point.
For a minute I thought Edwards was going to call Clinton out for “trying to have it both ways”. But then I realized he was just using Hillary’s personality disorder to slam Bush.
Edwards was next to accuse Clinton of trying to have it both ways—with the war in Iraq, Social Security and defining the scope of President Bush’s power to use military force against Iran. “She says she will bring change to Washington while she continues to defend a system that does not work, that is broken, that is rigged, that is corrupt.”
Said the former North Carolina senator who nearly single-handedly destroyed obstetrics, gynecology, and neurosurgery in North Carolina while making millions on his rampant lawsuits.
The mature part of the evening really got rolling when Hillary retorted,
“I’ve just been personally attacked again. I don’t mind taking hits on my record on issues, but when somebody starts throwing mud at least we can hope it’s accurate and not right out of the Republican play book.”
I think she meant the Democratic play book where it says Democrats should fire personal attacks with reckless abandon and claim them to be legitimate points. If Hillary is going to whine every time she’s the target of a tactic she can do in her sleep she better find a new hobby.
Finally New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who had become cranky because he couldn’t get a word in edgewise, was forced to tell the candidates to “stop the mudslinging.” He then gave the camera his best pageant wave and said, “All I want to do is give peace a chance.”
The debate ended with Edwards and Clinton sissy-slapping each other at arms length.