Today marks the beginning of another great year for Bruin Democrats. We're kicking things off with a debate watching party, so a little "pre-gaming" is necessary.
The New York Times ran a story today that really puts the debate in context. Since the media consensus is that Hillary is the frontrunner, we're all going to be on the edge of our seats waiting for the rest of the field to take a swipe at her.
The Times argues that Hillary's opponents still might hold-off an attack since a new poll today revealed that 55% of voters in New Hampshire still aren't solidly behind a candidate. This is great news for Edwards and Obama. Without that glimmer of hope, things would look pretty dismal for them right now. Hillary has 31% lead over Edwards and a 23% lead over Obama.
Nonetheless, it wouldn't be too surprising if Obama highlighted his differences with Hillary on Iraq in this debate. Next week, his campaign is staging rallies across the country to mark Obama's fifth year of opposition to the war. It's not implausible that he will use this debate as an opportunity to turn the media's attention his way.