Three of the originally scheduled Democratic debates between contenders for the Party's Presidential nomination in 2008 have already been canceled, but we should see the first of several tonight, live on MSNBC from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC.
I've stated repeatedly that I expect Hillary, Richardson, Dodd, and Biden to hit mercilessly upon multiple policy points, illustrating their understanding of the details involved, which would expose Obama and Edwards as hapless lightweights. Sure, Obama can say nothing as artfully as any, and Edwards will no doubt bring his trial lawyer preparation on the details of his own proposals, these two just haven't shown any detailed command of issues.
At Congressional Quarterly, analyst Craig Crawford says it's a key event for Edwards. According to Crawford, Edwards has been edged out as the "anti-Hillary" candidate by the surprise emergence of Barack Obama. He needs to stir things up a bit to keep up the momentum he gained with the announcement of the reoccurrence of his wife's cancer, else the donors and activists will tend to join up with one of the frontrunners. Read his entire post at the link above.