Sunday, June 3, 2007

Sunday Morning Coming Down

CNN will broadcast the New Hampshire Democratic presidential candidate debate live at 5 pm (New Mex time) tonight. The debate is expected to last two hours and will be followed by a two-hour, post-debate "Raw Politics" segment. It's probably foolish to expect that "Raw Politics" is anything like "WWE Monday Night Raw" but I'll still hold out hope that Kucinich will wack Dodd in the head with a folding chair.

St. Anselm College in Manchester will be the host venue for both the eight Dems debating tonight and 10 Repubs on Tuesday. Security probably won't be an issue since the new director of the US Secret Service (Mark Sullivan) is a member of the St. Anselm class of '77. Which is a feather in the cap for St. A, but also probably led to some awkward conversations at the 30-year reunion:

"Mark! It's been ages!"
"Ted, you old goat! How is Marilyn and the kids? Oh, by the way, I've been meaning to talk to you about the suspicious phone calls you've been making to Islamabad lately..."

Two classmates who tried to spike the punch at the reunion were last seen with black bags over their heads as they were loaded into an unmarked van by five government agents.

The Guv will, once again, have his hands full trying to get a memorable word in edge-wise with all the preening, clucking and flying feathers of his compadres. He's obviously not alone. Hillary is probably the only candidate who can afford to play it completely safe at this stage in the game. But there's good news for the BR4P camp: CNN's Wolf Blitzer will be moderating the debate, not Tim Russert.

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