CNN Democratic debate: First impressions

Hillary Clinton at debate

Hillary Clinton is the clear winner of the CNN debate Tuesday night. Bernie Sanders had a strong showing but not quite as good as Clinton’s.

Clinton showed enormous confidence and why she’s the front runner. She is clearly ready for the campaign. In many ways she performed better than 2007/2008. If Sanders wants to beat her, he will have to up his game the next time.

Jim Webb came out of this the worst. Martin O’Malley failed to make an impression. I have no idea what Lincoln Chafee was trying to do. If anything, the three candidates merely solidified their irrelevancy in the Democratic primary.

The only thing that will shake up what is turning out to be Hillary’s inevitable nomination is Joe Biden entering the race. But after Clinton’s showing tonight, Biden will have a lot of ground to make up, perhaps too much.