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The Democratic YouTube debate rocked my world. Even though I favor some candidates more than others, I did come away with a strong, positive feeling -- though I don't share all of their views, there wasn't a single person up there that isn't a /good person/. That made me really proud of my political party. Even if my choice of candidate doesn't win the primary, I have confidence that any one of these guys would, in all sincerity, do their very best to address the needs and concerns of the American people.

Lots of funnies in the debate, too, which doesn't hurt. ;)

Thoughts?

Comments

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squeeful
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
The whole thing fascinates me. It's a new face to the political process, one that's strikingly personal and intimate. The distancing and the coming together of the early 21st century. It's, I don't know, a closer way of representative democracy, an honesty to it I like.

There's a lot of potential in these candidates; I hope hope hope we and they can live up to it.
edenssixthday
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
I really wanted to watch this debate, but I was busy working and then sitting in traffic. :(
alicia_stardust
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
I see a lot of hope and potential from the party in general, and that is a good thing. That is why, while I do have a preferred candidate, I'll probably be just fine with any of the others. :)
laivine
Jul. 24th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed it and came away with a generally positive feeling about all the candidates (I teared up at the vid with the man whose child shouted out Go Democrats!)...but the format was HIDEOUS. Nobody got the chance to really respond to anything, much less eachother. It was so spitfire, I woulda liked to see the candidates get the chance to say more to one topic before another one showed up. And Anderson was kinda snippy, I felt. Ah, well. Go Team Democrats!
laurie_daniels
Jul. 24th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
I don't know... I found the near-exclusion of five of the eight candidates to be disrespectful. Of course, I know that it makes tactical sense in a two-hour time frame to focus more on the front-runners, but Cooper could have thrown a few more morsels in the other direction.

I'm also frustrated by the subsequent news coverage, which seems to frame Clinton as the overwhelming picture of calm and nuanced answers. She DID come across as articulate and experienced, but I just have this feeling that the seemingly-all-time-low-morale of the country needs a tougher talker- especially if Giuliani wins the republican nomination as projected.

Take it from a New Yorker- Giuliani nearly has a patent on this fake "straight dope" type of talking, and he always came across as eminently practical- even when he was Fing his city in the A. ESPECIALLY when he was Fing us in A! The person who wins against him is going to have to get very specific and more than a little angry, because that's how he's going to play this game.

kebechet
Jul. 24th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
Fing us in A

You have no idea how many times I read this before I got it. LOL! I need sleep!!!
laurie_daniels
Jul. 24th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
haha! Naaah- it's my fault for going off topic and rambling. I'm just so worried that we'll lose at this point- I can't even think straight.

Sleep well!
muppetk
Jul. 25th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
That has got to be just about the only debate I have ever *enjoyed* watching. And I've found love for Bill Richardson. I'm sorry he's not the frontrunner. He came up with *good*, non-weasely answers to almost every question. (There was one that felt vaguely like he was trying to wriggle out of it, but far fewer than the Big Three.)

I have to admit, I loved the format -- not that it couldn't have used some work, but it had two HUGE plusses:
a) The questions asked were WAY more hard hitting than usual interview wussiness and I felt like they answered the questions more.
a+) and when they didn't answer the questions, oh my god the moderator called them on it and followed up!
and b) the Daily Show style of it could actually create/revive interest in the political process (especially by younger voters) and bring up the abysmal voting numbers! It gives me hope that maybe it could unjade the political process a little.
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