OSUNA & VISTA DEL NORTE NE--MaryAnn and I ate brats and watched the whole thing at the home of Joaquin Guerra last night...over two head-busting hours of circuitous reasoning and nuanced performances. Oh...I got pages of notes. But what it comes down to is this: THE RANKINGS. Let's see who won, who lost, and where everybody finished in the pack.
- Clinton - Surpassed the expectations most people had of her. Well spoken. Knowledgable. Looked good ...even presidential.
- Biden - Able to explain Demo Senate position the best. Seems to have more hair than what I remember.
- Richardson - Complex answers to complex problems. Only person to talk about gun owners in a positive light, Africa, splitting up Iraq, and (later in the spin room) a de-authorization of the war. He did seem a different kind of candidate.
- Obama - Said nothing he hadn't said many times before...but with less passion. Few specifics. High expectations led to an underwhelming performance.
- Kucinich - Warm and fuzzy view of America's future. Came off very well, but not regarded as a serious contender.
- Gravel - Been 'under a rock' for 30 years so he pretty much started the night at zero. Curmudgeonesque performance. Is Gravel the new Ross Perot?
- Edwards - Soft sell too soft. Disappeared into the crowd. A lot less interesting than his wife.
- Dodd - Invisible man. One too many senators.