It's a shame that neither Barack nor Hillary showed off why they are considered first tier candidates rather than maybe just the best of the lot at raising money (ask Howard Dean about the difference).
What is Edwards waiting for -- and I don't mean the suspiciously long time he took to answer a question about who his moral authority is (I guess Edwards' opposition to gay marriage stems in equal parts to "my lord," his wife and his father).
The First Taste is -- Dull
People: these early debates are for political junkies. Given NBC’s onerous re-use restrictions most of what you say will die on the vine anyway. Play for a tie later. Give the pitiful few of us already mainlining campaign stuff what we need to get through the day. It isn’t the Boy Scout Oath or an ode to first responders.
You get off with a warning this time: don’t leave us wanting more Dennis and Mike, or yearning for Al Sharpton.