7:54 – Obama’s almost too cool. He’s so collected. Next to Gravel he looks dispassionate. Edwards is much better at demonstrating an emotional investment in the matter at hand. You just have to get past the fact that he always sounds like he’s suffering from post-nasal drip.

8:02 – The pool of questions is getting a little thin. CNN has to be disappointed with the small number of questions submitted. On the other hand, giving mikes to some of these people creates moments that teeter on havoc. It takes the concept of a user-driven debate to another level.

8:09 – Hillary looks like she prepped really well. She’s doing a better job than anyone else at responding directly to the questioners and creating the impression of a dialogue.