First question is about the challenge of addressing race in the 21st century, especially in light of the Supreme Court’s decision. Thoughts:
Hillary – voice soaring with poignant soundbites. No points
Bill Richardson – Leads with the reminder that confronting racism requires facing bigotry. Reminds us that the next president has to lead and speak passionately about the importance of racial equality. Cool.
Biden – like your college roommate’s Dad. Stiff, but cool. Brings it right to the Supreme Court. Says he was tough on Alito, but his colleagues in the Senate should have been tougher. Amen.
John Edwards – first southerner to answer and knows that the first thing you do is thank your host. But he hits the mark. Two Americas, etc. Very cool.
Obama – looks a little peaked. But smooth. Reminds us that we are at Howard, where Thurgood Marshall and Houston conceived of Brown. And reminded us that he is only able to stand on the stage because of Brown. Good opening.
Kucinich – hits the mark. But I sure wish he was a more physically dynamic guy. I hear lots of snickering in the media room while Kucinich is talking.
Gravel – makes some good points about the way the war on drugs is ravaging AFrican American communities. But who is he?
Dodd – speaks truth to power on the resegregation of our public schools. Says no issue is more important than the issue of education. Says if he’s president he’ll work to reverse today’ s Supreme Court’s decision on school deseg today (something he could better do from Congress, if at all).