The YouTube presidential debate actually lived up to its hype. For about two hours last night, American political discourse was more genuine, diverse and – just as the Internet visionaries promised – more authentic than most days on the campaign trail.Howie P.S.: I wouldn't call the Clinton and Edwards answers "deeper." Maybe my slant is showing, but I see them as more "complete." Also, they implied that Obama might just rush into the meetings without adequate groundwork, which I don't think is merited, based on his answer to the question. According to MSNBC's First Read:
There were a lot of questions like that last night. And there should be more on the way, at the Republicans' YouTube debate in September, the YearlyKos candidate forum next month (more information and disclosure here), and hopefully in another round of citizen-driven campaign events during the general election.
Obama has really improved from his earlier performances -- he's much better answering questions in 60 seconds, and he did a very good job tonight of getting key parts of his biography in his answers. Perhaps more importantly, he unanimously won the post-debate instant-polls.Obama also got "the most favorable in terms of the best performance" from the 24 people in CNN's focus group. Finally, here's Chris Cizzilla's two cents (WaPo):
While the dominant dynamic of the night was between Clinton and Obama, it was former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) who seemed the boldest of the three in his call for bold action. "If you want real change you need someone who has taken on these people and beat them over and over and over," said Edwards. At another point in the debate, Edwards warned: "We can't trade our insiders for their insiders." Edwards also powerfully seized a question on health care to talk about a man in West Virginia who had been unable to have a cleft lip surgically repaired until he was 50 years old. While anecdotes can be too cute by half, it was clear Edwards was affected by the man's story; it was a moment of real emotion for the former Senator, and a good one.Howie P.P.S.: Has John Edwards "taken on these people and beat them over and over and over?"