FROM John Mercurio
Clinton Passes on Playing Hardball Last night's debate was billed as a showdown between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton , but it was more polite than it was confrontational. The presidential campaign rivals engaged mostly on familiar territory, with occasional smiles and occasionally clenched teeth during exchanges about healthcare, the use of words and preparation for leadership. One Obama supporter said that sounded almost like a concession. This morning, Clinton called it "a recognition that both of us are on the brink of historic change." John Mercurio is executive editor of The Hotline. Note: KCRW will rebroadcast last night's debate from today, Friday, from 1-3pm.