Friday, June 29, 2007

There was a Democratic debate last night - not that I saw it - moderated by Tavis Smiley, and questioned by African-American and Latino journalists. I've often been asking how the heck is Hillary staying on top of the polls...and now I'm starting to realize she's just good at knowing what to say and when to say it. Read Steve Benen's account of the debate, and notice 2 things: 1) supposedly of more substance, this debate still yielded no news from any of the candidates trying to catch her. But Hillary managed the line of the night, it would seem - a perfectly placed barb that may help solidify her support in the African-American community.
I didn't see any campaign-changing moments, though Hillary Clinton just about brought the house down when she said AIDS would be a higher national priority if it were the number one killer of white women ages 25 to 34. (The comment drew the loudest, most sustained applause of the night.)
So far, her campaign is simply out-thinking the others. I'm in full travel mode - just made it to DC last night. Did anyone see the debate? What did you think?

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