Tuesday, May 16, 2006
(Photo from WDSU-TV)
Some observations from the New Orleans Mayoral debate. Transcripts will be coming soon.
1. Ray Nagin is going to win. If Landrieu even comes close, the votes are against Ray Nagin but not for Landrieu.
2. All future Presidential debates between the two eventual nominees should be handled in a similar format. Two candidates; two moderator/reporters; video clips from former debates and news; no time limits on answers, responses or rebuttals; clarification of questions. Basically, no rules.
3. Chris Matthews is a partisan hack. He should not be involved in any future debate in this or any other kind of format. He may have actually had more to say than the candidates on his way to occasionally asking questions.
Examples: [To Landrieu] You're kind of seen by people to be the classic Democrat, you care about people and you're about programs, you have to spend money and raise taxes but everybody likes you [to Nagin] you're seen as the guy making business decisions to get stuff done and it can kind of cause divisions. What do you see as your big phiosophical difference as it relates to being Mayor?
Can New Orleans be rebuilt without illegal labor [from illegal immigrants]?
What do you think of Hillary Clinton running for President? (To which Landrieu responded she had "no chance" but he liked her, he would vote for her and she'd do a good job. Bonehead)
How do you convince Republicans like Karl Rove to help you rebuild New Orleans and Louisiana, the only Southern state where Democrats can run statewide and have a chance?
Digust, utter disgust with Chris Matthews.
4. On the other hand Norman Robinson (the other reporter/moderator, picutred above) should have his own national news show on either CNN, Fox or MSNBC. While Chris Matthews was being a tool, Mr. Robinson was well spoken, asked very well thought out questions, letting the candidates respond and demanding clarification when he thought a candidate did not answer his question adequately.
5. Nagin has some really good debate preperation, and (chocolate city comments aside) could be one of the best off the cuff speakers I've ever seen on TV. Every time he stumbled on something he said he just powered through it and pretended it wasn't there.
For example: When asked by Mr. Robinson if a Nagin win would be more for ethnic solidarity than for accomplishment, Ray said something much like: In my first race [for Mayor] I captured a significant amount of the white vote. I also captured a significant amount of the black vote. This time the opposite could happen. But I don't think its about all that, its about someone who gets the job done.