I wasted several precious minutes of my life watching the democrat debate last night. During the debate, I had the same question that no doubt was on everyone else's mind: "What the hell happened to John Edwards' hair?" The former Breck girl, he of the $400 haircut, sported an odd cut that featured a razor sharp flying part, kind of a combination post-modern elvis meets the guy who runs the BadaBing club in Sopranos. What was the message Edwards was trying to send? That he could look as ridiculous as Dennis Kuchinich? Was it some sort of desperate appeal to steal the bad hair vote? A bold ploy to distract viewers from the increasingly foxy Hillary? Who knows? The actual debate was pretty much a joke, kind of a political version of American Idol, with candidates each singing the same far left tune with a couple of comic relief performers thrown in for good measure. CNN's format is to allocate time in proportion to poll numbers. Kuchinich was not allowed to speak, as far as i could tell. Mike Gravel got to talk twice, both times accusing the other candidates of being in the pcokets of Wall Street bankers and hedge funds. For once, I have to agree with him. Veteran Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Biden were visibly frustrated by their lack of talk time, although Biden did garner a fair amount of post debate air due to his accurate observation that it would take a year to pull troops out of Iraq. Bill Richardson seemed lost and mumbled incoherently every time he spoke. Media darling Obama gave another stumbling performance, although he did remember to add that he would bridge partisan divisions, that after articulating positions that republicans will fight to the death to block. Edwards and Clinton said nothing memorable. CNN picked short UTube videos sent in by a collection of hand-picked nutcases to present the questions. They were obviously selected to toss softballs into the candidates wheelhouses. Most seemed to focus on issues like health care. All the candidates are for it, incidentally. Apparently they will pay for it by...well, they were a little vague on that but no doubt it has something to do with repealing the Bush tax cuts for the "rich" and reversing the worst economy in 125 years. My favorite question was asked by a sanctimonious black preacher, who demanded that Edwards justify his opposition to gay "marriage" without invoking religion, which he informed us had been used to justify oppression of various democrat interest groups. I didn't hear Edwards' answer, but I assume he just fell back on good ole boy redneck prejudice. Or maybe he said that a guy with his good looks can't afford to seem too gay friendly. Luckily his wife was on hand to inform viewers afterwards that he was on the same "journey" regarding gay rights that many families had followed. I guess it's unfair to expect a 50+ year old guy who wants to be President of the entire United States to have reached the end of his intellectual journey and tell us where he stopped. My other favorite was the stereotypical crazed gun nut who wanted to know if the candidates would protect his "baby", a tricked out assault rifle he brandished for the audience. This gave Biden his one chance to show off of the night, when he sneered that he banned assault weapons. All in all a depressing spectacle that left me with the view that the republicans have a darned good chance of winning again. If the democrats can't win this election, we'd better have a national suicide watch for the blue states, because they'll never have a better opportunity.