Monday, October 15, 2012

Indiana Senate Debate Thoughts: Donnelly Wins!

Your Winner:  Joe Donnelly
In no particular order, here are some of my thoughts following the debate tonight between the Indiana Senate combatants.

  • I know that it's probably no surprise to most of you, but I thought Joe Donnelly came across as the winner.  Donnelly made sure that he was aggressive, but he wasn't a jerk about it.  He talked to both Richard Mourdock and the voter by at least acknowledging that a camera was there.  I thought he had a real human touch at the end of the debate.  I also am struck by the way that Donnelly is kind of a what you see is what you get guy.  There's just much pretense with him as he said, he's, "Just Joe." 
  • Richard Mourdock looked and sounded angry all night.  He was the candidate that was clearly the most defensive.  For probably 7/8ths of the debate, he failed to look at the camera or the viewer at home.  Seemed like this debate was all about him.  Towards the end of the debate, Mourdock was visibly sweating.
  • Andy Horning's performance was highly disappointing.  I expected him to win this debate hands down.  Unfortunately for Andy, he kept saying the same thing over and over ad nauseum.  Yes, Andy, we get it.  You're raging against the machine.  Horning was like a high school pep band that plays the school song over and over and over again.  He plays it very well, but you get tired of hearing it in the end.  He's a much better debater than this.  Still, he would be a lot of fun as a Senator.  Of course, the Cubs might win the World Series, and Ronald Reagan might reanimate before that happens.
  • The moderator Mizell Stewart III was steady and on point as the moderator, and, for the most part, the candidates behaved themselves and stayed within the rules.
  • Twitter makes political debates much more fun.  It's just fun to see how Republicans love their candidates, Democrats love their candidates, and Libertarians yell and scream about how Republicans and Democrats love their candidates.
  • Some members of the local media, not mentioning names, are simply clueless about local politics.  I'm not talking about any of the political reporters, either.
  • Most awkward moment: Andy Horning saying he's "voted for losers" all these years.  
  • Best ZING: After a distortion of his record by Mourdock, Donnelly said, "I may have been born at night, but I wasn't born LAST night."
  • Laughable Moment:  Richard Mourdock saying that he wasn't a Tea Party candidate.  Honorable Mention:  Richard Mourdock lecturing Joe Donnelly on partisanship.
Well, we get to do this all over again tomorrow night.  Presidential debate #2 is on!  I'll be live tweeting at 9:00 p.m.

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