Joe Biden ⇔ A quick, funny, and classy response to an inane question during the debate was his best moment since confronting Bush’s hacks on torture. He just needs many more such good moments.
Hillary Clinton ⇔ Hillary votes the right way on the war this time — same way as every other Democrat running — but is really starting to occupy the “in the lead so plays it safe” niche which can fossilize a candidate.
Chris Dodd ⇔ I still remain amazed by his hair.
John Edwards ⇔ Starting to add a little edge to his speeches, which may not be a bad idea. A little grit in this Southerner’s image could go a long way. Might be heading for a good summer.
Mike Gravel ⇑ His go-for-broke debate style turned heads and opened wallets, and has him threatening to escape last place.
Dennis Kucinich ⇓ Lost whatever ground he had as “best fringe candidate” as Gravel showed him how to run as one, and why to run as one. And would he please stop saying “when I am president”?
Barack Obama ⇔ His momentum seems to have slowed, but it hasn’t stopped, and on the surface it really appears to be a race between equals. Tensions between top-down and bottom-up are displayed on the recent spat over MySpace usage. But does anyone care?
Bill Richardson ⇓ Did himself no favors during the debate. Lots of good moments (on Iraq) and bad ones (anything but Iraq). If he wants to join the top tier, he needs to make those debates his, and he didn’t.