Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Mischief Night at the Democratic Presidential Election Debates.
Last night the 2008 Presidential Election Debate Tour came to my hometown of Philadelphia and there was very little brotherly love on that stage -- at least not towards Hillary.
As always the forum moderators tried to throw out a few trick questions and the candidates ( you guess who ) threw out a few trick responses. There were also a few treats during the evening to satisfy the hunger of political candy junkies. There was even one really silly question about UFOs.
Surprisingly there were no questions on urban crime in the US which would have been timely given the unfortunate crime wave that we're experiencing in our city. But I guess that we don't need any more bad publicity this week.
If I wasn't feeling a little under the weather, I would have posted last night because this debate clearly demonstrated why I respect Hillary Clinton tremendously but she is not my choice for President. If you're following the campaign at all you've probably already heard that Hillary was caught in a little "double speak".
I understand that Hillary is a centrist but you can't play both sides against the middle of everything. Her vote on the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment was wrong and so is her position on giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants in New York State. And waffling on both of these issues doesn't demonstrate a leader trying to reach consensus with opponents. It simply illustrates a politician who isn't willing to take a stand that might cost her votes in the general election.
In the following clip John Edwards points out Hillary's double-talk on NY Gov. Spitzer's plan to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants
Many of the pundits and the pollsters believe that Barack Obama won the evening. Barry certainly did come across as thoughtful and astute. In fact, he comes across as a Harvard law professor. These debate forums simply do not play to his strengths. If you have a chance to see him in a local town hall meeting please go see him.
Once again, Joe Biden proved why he must be our next Secretary of State. I know that this is not the job he really wants but it will be one of the most critical positions to the future of this country and the world. Joe Biden is a one of the most informed and eloquent speakers on foreign policy in this nation. He also has the guns to walk into a President's office and tell him/her when they're are wrong. His courage, intelligence and no BS approach is what the State Department desperately needs.
The following clip is John Edwards at his absolute best. Of course, I am biased.
And finally, a debate highlight reel courtesy of TPMtv