Obama and Clinton went at it in the debate tonight. There were elbows flying and I think there may have been some knee-capping. I had missed the beginning of the debate, but saw the clip below for the first time during the break. I’ve watched the clip again and read the transcript a couple of times and clearly Barack Obama is no match for Hillary:
Clinton said tonight in the exchange, “We’re just getting warmed up.”
And I’m reflecting on that and wondering can he really go toe to toe with whoever the Republican nominee is? I don’t think so. This primary race is getting down and dirty, but the fact is when we get to the general election we will need someone who can hold their own (and I am not alone in that thought tonight):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEzKrUHAlZw
Part of the exchange in the first video was about the controversy over what Obama said last week about Ronald Reagan, in an interview. His remarks didn’t play too well with fellow Democrats. Jeralyn parsed out this part of the disagreement and called it “Point Hillary.”
And speaking of “point Hillary” there was no disputing once again tonight that’s she’s got a solid command of the issues and policies. Like healthcare:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UFQ-O_muOc
Thank goodness things mellowed out after a while in tonight’s debate… with all those elbows flying, someone could have gotten hurt.
Chuck Todd notes, Obama “seemed to have a lot he wanted to get off his chest” tonight. Matt Stoller is good for a laugh on tonight’s “vicious” debate. Joe Gandelman has an extensive round-up of media and blogs on the debate and as always see Memeorandum for all the buzz. Needless to say, not everyone agrees on who the winner was tonight.