The Candidates Debate
Monday, October 09, 2006 :::
Once more, the senatorial candidates will appear before the televised masses tonight and the air is thick with anticipation.
Or mold spores, thanks to all that rain.
Not Buck offers a dose of free advice to both candidates, all of which seems rather sensible, which means little of it will be followed. Instead, it is safe to assume that we will be subjected to a withering display of treacly nonsense and inanities. And that's just from the questioners.
What can we expect from the candidates? We ought to expect a great deal, but will probably be sadly disappointed. As they will be able to question one another directly, there is the potential, however slight, for some genuine insight into their thinking and character. I would expect and hope that Webb would attempt to nail down Allen's somewhat billowy views on the future of the War in Iraq, with particular emphasis on the doubts John Warner raised last week. As for Allen, he could ask Webb any number of questions, but the interesting tack might be one that's more Virginia-specific, like asking Webb to expound on the transportation issue (seeing as he endorses the Governor's pro-tax-and-little-else model).
But as with most debates, this will probably turn on small matters -- make-up, body language, eyebrow control, height, the color of their ties and, naturally, footwear.
Or a gaffe. Those are always fun.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 10/09/2006