JULIAN CASTRO blew out his image as an Altar Boy who spends most of his time helping crippled children cross the street by kneecapping a slightly confused Joe Biden and proceeding to fundraise off the encounter. In the era of “never apologize, kick them when they’re down” politics Castro may have hit on something. He took a shot at the King. Now he’s got to follow through and take him out…or become a footnote in history.

KAMALA HARRIS scares the crap out of debate moderators. They will not apply debate time limits to her as she announces, with theatrical gravitas, “this is important” and proceeds to assume the role of “aggrieved black woman.” Hey, good for her…if she can get away with it. The only one willing to get in Kamala’s face so far has been my girl TULSI GABBARD. The “politically correct” press has punished Gabbard by refusing to recognize she exists.

BETO O’ROURKE got game. I like the way he carries himself and relates to his colleagues and questioners. He’s a gentleman and he’s got good instincts. His weaknesses are he’s a bit disorganized and impulsive. He made a great point about outlawing and confiscating assault weapons. If he had done a little more preparation and homework he could have nailed the point down on the absolute legality of such an action. In a sentence, the government always has the right to do what is necessary for the country to survive… anyone remember the Draft?

JOE BIDEN has lost a lot off his fastball. And that’s right now. What’s he going to be like one year from now when the campaign goes into a 60 day sprint to the Finish Line? His strongest attribute is he’s a nice guy who was totally loyal to Barack Obama. Is that enough?

AMY KLOBUCHAR is getting serious. You can tell because she’s changed her hairdo so both of her eyes are visible. That has not always been the case. She’s also very smart (high school valedictorian) and plays well with others. She’s not going to draw 100,000 in Waterbury, CT two days before the election as John Kennedy did, but she’s smart, steady, safe, and sane.

BERNIE SANDERS is who he is. What you see is what you get. He has admirable personal characteristics. He is not a cheap shot artist. He’s a kind person… I noticed him whispering in Biden’s ear when Castro was working him over. It was touching. Like he was helping a fellow warrior who’d been blindsided.

ELIZABETH WARREN is a born teacher. That’s how she describes herself. I think she’s right. Teach.

TERRY McAULIFFE is not in the race, so far. There were ten candidates who qualified for the debate. I’m guessing there is a 33% chance the nominee will be someone other than those who debated. I’ve liked McAuliffe since he responded to a question from a reporter who asked him what he’d do if he was debating and Trump stalked him like he did Hillary in one of their debates. Terry’s response: “They’d be picking him off the floor.”

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