Line of the night goes to CNN's Anderson Cooper -- whose quick response to Rep. Dennis Kucinich was money.
For the last question, the candidates were asked to look to the candidate to their left and say something they liked about them and something they didn't. Kucinich was positioned on the far end, with no one to his left. About which he quipped that CNN had rigged it that way.
Cracked Cooper: "I'm not sure we could find anybody [to the left of you]."
Runner-up goes to Sen. Barack Obama, who was asked if he's "black enough."
"You know," he said, "when I'm catching a cab in Manhattan ... I'm giving my credentials."
Honorable mention to Hillary Clinton's YouTube campaign ad, which included the line:
"Sometimes the best man for a job is a woman."
Overall impression: Pretty good sense of what the average Joe really cares about -- straight from the average Joe, no coaching to speak of, no posturing, straight-up town hall-type "What're you gonna do for me ..." video questioning that could be expected from YouTube. Did we learn much from the candidates we didn't already know? I don't think so. It was all about the format -- which was, in the end, refreshing.
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