Democratic Debate Liveblog/Open Thread

I’m going to open up our Liveblog/Open Thread a little early this time; give people an opportunity to jump on in, plug their websites if they have one before we actually get this show on the road.

You can read my preview here, and if you can watch the debate on tv on CNN, or if you’re like me and don’t have cable or can’t get to a television, you can join me in watching the debate on  More about how we do the liveblogging below the fold.

It’s pretty simple.  We welcome everyone to join us and chip in on the commentary.  For this reason, we don’t do the liveblogging in the post body, like most people do, but in the comments section.  So you’ll be joining us.

Just a few requests.  If you have a website you want to plug, please either plug it before the debate starts, or you can email me (click the “contact us” link off to the right), and I’ll be sure to plug your blog tomorrow when I do my post debate analysis.

Next, please try and keep your language civil.  The occasional bomb here or there is fine, but if you’re dropping them all over the place, you are not welcome here.

Finally, this is not the venue for your spam.  If you’re trying to sell sex toys or Paris Hilton videos, do it elsewhere.  In fact, if you’re trying to sell anything, please, go away.  This is a conversation for those interested by the Democratic debate only.

Thanks, and I hope you’ll speak up and join us!  I’ll be kicking in with comments shortly.

127 Responses to “Democratic Debate Liveblog/Open Thread”

  1. And there’s little to say about her answer, pretty much stat answer on this from clinton; decently received.

    And Obama does a good job on showing the difference between himself and Clinton in relation to McCain.

    And then he brings it down to South America. And Obama just blows by Clinton for most of this answer, and is going after McCain directly. And he’s on a roll now, and his mood meter goes up to the seventies.

  2. I will be gone when you return, thanks for coming by D.

  3. Obama’s going after McCain, Hillary is going after Bush, Obama is showing right now he’s ready to take on the presumptive Republican nominee, even hit McCain on his admission that he doesn’t understand the economy very well.

  4. Well, final break, and I have to tell ya. Clinton’s kind of gotten back into it, delivered some good answers, but as Mike just said not long ago, Obama has also now found his cadence, which means he’s running on all four cylinders after the Hillary meltdown. He’s running away with this thing, and his last answer on debating McCain stayed in the 70’s on the mood meter.

    Hillary is not going to like how this debate plays in the news tomorrow.

  5. I don’t think it matters. He should not allow them to drag him into argument about whether he’s ready to be CIC because on it’s face it is a defensive argument and one that makes him argue from a position of weakness. I would respond that it is ridiculous on it’s face and move on.

  6. but it allowed him to show that he’s ready for McCain.

  7. Transparency to Obama, the moderator said that Obama wouldn’t disclose 91 million in earmarks, and Obama says it’s not true, that he has disclosed, and that he’s even created a program that allows people to see where pork barrel spending going.

  8. Ugh, I need to head home. Keep up the good work guys.

  9. YE GAD! Clinton had 342 Million dollars.

  10. Clinton’s answer, which is to McCain more specifically, and she brings up McCain’s support of Bush’s tax cuts, and she’s getting a good response here.

  11. And here’s one of the things I think that the Clinton campaign has been slow on. She keeps attacking Bush, and it’s not working as well as it did at the beginning of the campaign.

    Now she’s saying she’s the one that will get us back to fiscal responsibility.

  12. terry says:

    Are they going to ask her about the website her campaign put up about delegates?

  13. To Clinton: Regarding how the nominee is selected, and leans back and says, things will work themselves out.

    Obama: He says that because he and Clinton have been working so hard, maybe the votes and caucuses should mean something.

    “they want their government back, and that’s what I intend to provide them”.

  14. No, Terry.


    the last question is, point to crisis and how are you going to manage, and it’s more of a meta question.

  15. He could answer this better, it’s okay.

    Hillary now, and I expect her to answer well.

  16. Clinton gets a huge pop for saying she’s lived through some challenging moments in her life.

    Oh dear, I feel patronized right about now.

  17. terry says:

    If she tears up…

  18. And Hillary ends in kind of a snoozer, but decently enough. Final thoughts terry?

  19. I’m going to give my final thoughts here right now.

    He wins. Hands down. She got caught reaching, and caught hard. Tomorrow, it’s going to be in the headlines, “Hillary Booed At Debate”. They did not like it, they saw the negativity, and it took her a long time to recover from that.

    that’s going to be the moment, and it’s going to stick.

  20. terry says:

    I really was pleased with how Obama did. I thought he had good points on immigration, education, Iraq, and held his own healthcare.

    I was really surprised that she tried to make more of the Deval Patrick speech issue. And thought he handled that well.

    It will be interesting to see what the pundits say on the after debate analysis.

    All said, a win for Obama.

  21. terry says:

    I’m going to go watch the talking heads now.

    Thanks for having me 🙂

  22. Alright, good night, I have to get out of here.

    Thanks for joining me tonight Terry.

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