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Aint Nothin' Like the Real Thing, Baby

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A few more debate observations:

I was in the spin room at UNLV post debate and noticed a few things. First off, only the second-tier candidates come in. Kucinich was there from the start, and I noticed Richardson and Biden later. For the top-tier candidates, however, we got designated spinners. Clinton sent Mark Penn; Obama, David Axelrod; and Edwards, Joe Trippi. I engaged Penn on the question of Hillary's vote for the Lieberman/Kyl amendment that could have the effect of legitimating Dick Cheney's planned invasion of Iran. I asked Penn whether this created enough daylight on his left for Edwards or Obama to strike a sufficient contrast to ride to victory in Iowa. Penn parried this pretty well, as did fellow Clinton adviser Mandy Grunwald in private conversation, and it doesn't appear that this is where either Edwards or Obama is going.

Read the whole Altercation here.