At last night's ABC News/Facebook debate in New Hampshire, both parties' candidates held debates. After the Thursday's Iowa results presented Barack Obama as a winner and Hillary Clinton as a disappointing (to her campaign) third place, some interesting things transpired during the Democratic debate. Obama and Iowa runner-up John Edwards apppeared to team up against Clinton. The NY Times called it an "allegiance of convenience" and noted that the defining moment was when Clinton tried to call out Obama's leadership:
As Mrs. Clinton attacked Mr. Obama as waffling on the Patriot Act and Iraq war funding, she sought to make an ally out of Mr. Edwards. She suggested that Mr. Obama had hypocritically tried to paint Mr. Edwards as inconsistent on the issues. All eyes turned to Mr. Edwards, and he delivered a coup de grace — siding dramatically with Mr. Obama instead of Mrs. Clinton.
“Any time you speak out powerfully for change, the forces of status quo attack,” Mr. Edwards said, looking and gesturing toward Mrs. Clinton. Referring to himself and Mr. Obama, he added: “He believes deeply in change, and I believe deeply in change. And any time you’re fighting for that, I mean, I didn’t hear these kinds of attacks from Senator Clinton when she was ahead.”
Clinton made a sharp retort, which emphasized a theme more like "Producing change" (versus promising change that won't actually transpire). Her response did sound, yes, shrill and angry. Clinton was much more charming when asked about her likability issues:
The Daily News doesn't think Clinton took down Obama the way she needed to, giving the best review of the night to Edwards, who did sound polished (Obama, in our opinion, was not as rousing). According to polls, Clinton is leading, but Obama is gaining some momenthum, in NH. Her now-underdog campaign is hoping, if she loses, she can capture big states like Florida, California and NY.