Shades of class picture day from elementary school, when you were photographed with all your classmates...some on the floor, some standing on chairs, that black felty sign with "Miss Kaufman, Third Grade, 1984-1985" in white letters, Sean Muellers wearing the same plaid shirt three years in a row, someone picking his nose, and you smiling too big and the camera catching a glare off your glasses. Even then, we looked cooler than some of the Democratic presidential candidates.

The Times' Adam Nagourney on the debate; Howard Dean got dumped on, Wesley Clark was ignored. The Washington Post's James VandeHei says John Kerrey is trying to position himself as a centrist alternative. A transcript of the debate.