If elected President, the top three candidates, Hillary, Obama and Edwards, could not pledge to bring all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of their first term in 2013. Ofcourse they tried to candy coat the position for the anti-war Primary voters and to avoid the wrath of the bombastic MoveOn netnuts but their message was irrevocable. That in a nutshell was the big news of the night.
The leading democrats all must have been influenced by internal polls that showed even democrats trust Gen.Petraeus and military men more than politicians of either Party. The "Betrayus Ad" backfired, forcing any CIC hopeful to look towards the general election and figure that the majority of Americans do not want another Democrat inspired defeat like VietNam that subsequently resulted in the deaths of millions, i.e.,a disgraceful withdrawal that deminishes the deterrant power of US Military and degrades the reputation of the USA.
On a nuclear Iran they sidestepped...they said all diplomacy must be tried before consideration of military action, which ofcourse is obvious. Rudy Giuliani's name came up because he pledged to set back Iran by 8 to 10 years...Biden jumped to attention and said: "Rudy Giuliani doesn't know what the heck he's talking about. He's the most uninformed person on foreign policy that's now running for president". As long as no one picks on Hillary?
Universal Health Care was on everyone's lips..."I intend to be the Health Care President" said Hillary. All of the candidates were too soft on the frontrunner to satisfy the 24 hr. build up they got from MSNBC...all day the pundits promised a battle royale, what we got was all you can expect from the Democrat Party...a mutual admiration pander...almost every answer started with: I agree with Hillary..or John..or Barack, but...
BUT? Who cares? Hillary is more determined than any of the others...it will take a Republican to stop her.