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Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

The Debates on C-SPAN

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 15, 2010

After watching three and a half hours tonight of candidate debates on computer and TV, my eyes have glazed over and my head aches. Starting in Delaware with yesterday’s ninety-minute debate between Chris Coons (D) and Christine O’Donnell (R), then on to Nevada for sixty minutes of Harry Reid and Sharron Angle and closing with our own Dino Rossi vs. Patty Murray in Spokane, C-SPAN had them all.

Christine O’Donnell more than held her own. She was articulate, on message, personable and nothing like Democrats and more than a few Republican politicians and pundits portrayed her after her upset Primary victory. Her opponent came across as a typical candidate trying to work his way up the political ladder to a higher-level political job. (Elected to the New Castle County Council in 2000, he ran sucessfully for County Executive in 2004.) In a normal year, in a Blue state like Delaware he’d be a shoe in but in this abnormal year O’Donnell did offer a viable alternative to those voters concerned about the direction of the country. Watch the debate on: C-SPAN Delaware Senate Debate

The Nevada debate was like watching a preliminary bout between two has-beens before the main event. Angle gets a “No Decision” only because the judges know how bad Reid is. Knocking off the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate with the likes of Sharron Angle would surely send a message even Obama couldn’t miss.

The main event was in Spokane but it was an uninspiring fight. Neither candidate landed any stunning punches. Rossi did better than his debates with Gov. Gregoire in 2008 but he still needs to polish his presentation. Murray has been called one of the dumbest members of the U.S. Senate but don’t “misunderestimate” her. She pulls the heartstrings, dodges the questions and buys off the special interests with the best of them.


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