Was there an actual debate?
You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.
Last night we watched as the four candidates for United States Senate “debated.” It might have been called a “debate”, but according to WSAZ’s Jessica Ralston (@JessicaRalston), the Gazette’s Kathryn Gregory (@kitgregory), the Daily Mail’s Ry Rivard (@ryrivard) what happened on TV last night was anything but. Where were the hardball questions? No one raised their voices, no one debated. So I’m calling for a Twitter debate between the candidates. No, we all know it most likely won’t be them doing the tweeting, but since their campaigns cannot pick a mutually beneficial date to debate in Charleston, this seems like the most logical solution. Thoughts?
Changing the subject a little, the most surprising candidate last night was the Constitution Party’s Jeff Becker. Whoever prepared him for that debate should have given him a xanex. Someone tweeted asking if he even spoke English. Another tweep said he would be the Daily Show’s dream. Needless to say, he won’t be our next United States Senator.
Winners and losers from last night’s debate:
-John Raese (@RaeseforSenate) had two quotes I rather enjoyed, the first one being “We win, you lose.” The second one being “It’s called demand.”
-Joe Manchin’s charisma, calmness, appearance, and perfect sound bites. The quote that ended the debate, was nothing short of cheesy perfection: "I believe in you, and I'm asking you to believe in me."
-Manchin taking on the “rubber stamp” tag and owning it.
Big fat fails of the so-called debate:
-Raese wearing his Rolex and black suit. It’s not a funeral.
-Becker’s inability to speak coherently (I appreciate nervousness but there are pills for that).
-Johnson waisting half of his closing “minute” to speak fussing about how he didn’t get to respond to previous questions.
And moments I was lost:
-Becker talking about physics
-Johnson asking “Are you sick enough yet?”
-Raese’s statements on global warming
-Johnson dwelling on penmanship
-No one asking about subpoenas
I think West Virginians need to see a the candidates speak for two hours and it needs to be an actual debate. You can call what happened last night a debate, but for many of us it wasn’t.