Drunkblogging CNN's Democratic Presidential Debate

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It is with a light spirit and a heavy pour that tonight's festivities begin. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

I used to believe in what Ayn Rand called "the benevolent universe." But then I had to watch another MSNBC debate pre-show.

The debate was everything we expected -- and less.

Nobody was willing to take on Clinton's biggest weaknesses, and so Hillary didn't have to get down in the dirt with the plebes -- where she would have lost.

Anderson Cooper had his thumb on the scale for Clinton like Candy Crowley with her entire self on the scale for Obama in 2012.

The pundits can claim "X had a good night because of Y," but none of that matters because nobody drew blood on Clinton. She'll take a hit in Iowa, get creamed in New Hampshire -- then come back swinging in South Carolina. Nothing we saw tonight changes that electoral math. She'll be the Democrats' Comeback Kid of 2016, a mere quarter century after her husband earned that title -- for real -- in his race for the nomination.

And how does tonight play in November? I'll repeat something I blogged/tweeted a little earlier this evening.

"Well, that does it."

-Anderson Cooper.

It certainly does.

It's cute to see Hillary Clinton run against the incumbent President, George W. Bush.

"This is a great country," says Bernie Sanders who wants to change every single thing about it.

Well, every single thing Obama didn't already fundamentally transform.

Closing statements.

Drink.

Hillary just claimed the Iranians as her enemy.

I'd love to make more fun of Chafee for you, but I do have some small sense of pity.