(By msnbc's Joe Scarborough)Halfway through the first Democratic debate, it seems Hillary Clinton is meeting expectations. Not flashy but solid. Her answers on health care and government competence were strong.
Barack Obama has yet to meet expectations of healing the sick or raising the dead, but is performing as well as required.
John Edwards seems weaker than he was in his upstart 2004 campaign.
Joe Biden and Dennis Kucinich are doing well, but to little effect.
Bill Richardson and Chris Dodd seem to be underperfoming, with the New Mexico governor fighting his tongue as well as Nixonian flop sweat.
And the former Alaska senator wins the James Stockdale Memorial Award for confused debate performance