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Jeff Jarvis

Now a question about reparations for slavery. Edwards answers directly: He's against it. But he says there are other issues of equality, including mortgage inequity. Question was rather ridiculous but Edwards gave us the first bit of substance on issues. Obama changes the subject to education, also improving on the question with is answer. Kucinich is the one on the stage who's in favor of reparations. Figures.

Now we're asking Dodd (why Dodd?) whether the response to Katrina would have been different if the storm had hit a white, affluent community. He takes it as a softball to go after Bush.

It's 7:20 and we have someone asking the unrace-card question: Is Obama black enough? Another absurd one. Is Clinton a woman enough? Uh, she says, "I couldn't run as anything other than a woman." Well, this exchange has told us a lot. When she's elected, Clinton says, it will send a good message to lots of boys and girls.

Edward -- responding to a quote from Elizabeth Edwards saying her husband would be a better advocate for women than Clinton -- declares that anyone who wouldn't vote for Obama because he's black or Clinton because she's a women, "I don't want their vote." My, how brave.

Pap, pap, pap.

A great moment: My friend Mary Matthews' question about her marriage makes it onto the show. Bravo, Mary and Jen.

Kucinich: Yes. Dodd won't go that far. Richardson pushes for domestic partnership and protection against hate and discrimination.

7:30: OK, they're winning me back. Now they put up the other question on the topic I liked. A great one-two punch.

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 23, 2007; 7:33 PM ET Debates
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