Didja watch the Republican "debate"?
I've watched 2 of these now, one with a similarly large field of Democrats.
There's a basic flaw in the format they're using --- in favor of the more famous.
If Dennis Kucinich or Tom Tancredo says something that resembles a good idea (or even provides an indication of sanity), only the wonkiest of politics-watchers will be sure which particular middle-aged white guy he is. And remember to associate that idea with that candidate.
If you're Guiliani or Clinton or Obama or McCain, you don't have this problem.
We've had the technology to solve this one since the invention of ... oh ... calligraphy.
They oughtta put names on the podiums (podia?).
And as long as I'm puttin' up links, I might as well provide one for the guy I think is the best in the field. RICHARDSON IN '08.