The Democratic candidate debate last night at South Carolina State was interesting and well-run. Questions were good, answers sometimes evasive but generally responsive, and no surprises, glitchs, or gaffes. Sort of no runs, hits, or errors.
Barack, Hillary, and John Edwards did not lose any front runner status. The others also looked good and performed well but did not dent the existing order. The best response of the evening was Senator Joe Biden's single word answer, "yes", when asked if he could hold his proverbial verbosity in check.
But what's with senators from Alaska? Is there something in the cold water up there? We've often heard Senator Ted Stevens ranting and shouting "No". Now, last night we heard former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel go off the charts in criticizing his fellow candidates and other targets. It is probably good that he made the other candidates seem moderate but I just wonder why some Alaska senators act like our crazy uncles.