(By msnbc's Joe Scarborough)Ten minutes into the debate, Dennis Kucinich became the first candidate to cut through the rhetorical fog of the msnbc debate. Hisstatement that opposing the war while funding it is impossible. That shot at Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama may not win Kucinich any votes, but it is sure to energize the Democratic base.
Senator Clinton sounded defensive on her vote to authorize the war, but got off her heels when going after President Bush's handling of the Iraq crisis. Barack Obama was a bit flat in round one but after being compared to JFK and Bobby Kennedy for the past few months, it is impossible for him to reach the lofty expectations placed on him.