It was a pleasant evening. The Democratic Debate turned out to be more entertaining than I expected. Hillary became the punching bag of the men on the stage, and overall, she handled herself well. Even the fourth-tier democrats (Chris Dodd has 0% on the most recent national poll) took a hit at Hillary. In turn, she was able to carefully articulate her positions and shield herself of the onslaught from Obama and Edwards.
Obama was unimpressive; Edwards was a bit more forceful, though in the end it was Kucinich and Biden who had the best lines. Biden argued humorously that only three words came from Giuliani’s mouth: a noun, a verb, and 9-11. Kucinich, on the other hand, fell into Russert’s trap. When asked about his account of seeing a UFO he admitted that he had seen one to the joy of the 14% of Americans who claim they have also seen an Unidentified Flying Object. He rightly pointed out that there are more people who have seen a UFO than that the support the Bush administration. At least, someone had to replace the absent Mike Gravel.
Finally, the long expected Ron Paul interview with Jay Leno. Paul was superb. His humor was charming and fresh. His genuineness was appealing even to Leno. My favorite line was when Leno asked Paul what kind of replacement to the income tax he envisioned. Paul’s answer was classic: ” I lean toward a flat tax, but I wanna make it real flat like zero.”
It is the simplicity and honesty of Dr. Paul that will continue to inflame this revolution. Watch and see!