"A hometown crowd cheered Sen. Barack Obama as he volleyed with his Democratic rivals over his judgment and experience during tonight's AFL-CIO debate in Chicago. But it was Sen. Hillary Clinton who, in what might be a metaphor for the entire race, earned the loudest jeers and the most sustained applause," Marc Ambinder reports.Howie P.S.: Bonus Quote from Obama, speaking in Iowa on Monday:
But NBC News' Mark Murray notes Clinton's "stiff arm" dominated the debate. "On nearly every question -- whether it was on Iraq, No Child Left Behind, NAFTA, or why lobbyists earn more money than average Americans -- Clinton responded by invoking Bush's presidency or record."
"When you're up double digits in the polls, and when you receive tough questions, it's a great tactic to use. And to be fair, she isn't the only Dem who does this on tough questions. But she does it more than most."
As a result, John Edwards and Obama landed few blows. Chuck Todd notes "the problem for the two chief Clinton challengers, though, is that they are fighting to be the same person, the anti-Hillary. And Clinton, now, has a lot of supporters on stage with her, including Dodd and Biden. It's a fascinating dynamic that I think is developing in this primary."
It's looking like Dodd and Biden are already positioning themselves for a spot in a Clinton Cabinet.
"This campaign is going to come down to whether you believe that it's enough just to get somebody other than George Bush in the White House to fix what ails Washington, or do you think we need to set a fundamentally new course."
The Agence France Press story (RAW STORY), "Obama hits back in Pakistan row" starts off with
Senator Barack Obama rebuked Democratic White House rivals who mocked him as naive on foreign policy Tuesday, refusing to accept lessons from those he said invited "disaster" by backing the Iraq war.The Last Word is from "Political Tracks -- a View from the Southside," a local union dude who gives us his view from the general admission seats:
like many people here in chicago, i had the opportunity to attend the afl-cio presidential debate held at soldiers field with my wife, sister-in-law and mother-in-law. it was pretty interesting. i drove in from the south 'burbs, parked at mccormick center and walked over to the south parking lots before the gates opened for the debate itself. it had a real party atmosphere with several substantial tailgate parties going on.as i left the reception, all the buses were starting to leave -- 88 in all (iirc). bet there's beer there!