Tonight’s the night. We’ll see the first of two breathlessly awaited (yawn!) Democratic presidential candidate “debates.” Despite all the hype, my expectations are low … like, less than zero (see cartoon).
NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo have allotted two hours to tonight’s event so that we can see ten of the twenty candidates. The other ten will appear tomorrow night. Candidates will be allowed 60 seconds to answer a question and 30 seconds for a rebuttal. (Senator, you have 60 seconds to explain how you’ll finance free college education for everyone … )
Yep, sounds like the perfect way to gain a deep understanding of each candidate and his/her positions. Not. We’ll be lucky if by the end of each debate we can match names to faces.
And yes, there are more than 20 Democratic candidates — I’ve lost track of how many — but to earn one of the 20 debate slots, they had to poll at least 1% in certain national polls.
Incidentally, there’s no way I’d call these events “debates.” More like “national introductions” or “Democratic lineup.”
If I watch at all, it will be just to see how well my favorite candidates present themselves. I want a moderate, a centrist, someone who can and will work across the aisle to get things done and, more importantly, can attract the Republican votes that will be needed to win the presidency. I think most of the Dems are moving way too far left to attract any Republican or independent voters.
At the moment I like Biden. I also like former Colorado Governor Hickenlooper and Colorado Senator Bennet but have little hope that either can muster the support needed to win.
Fortunately — or unfortunately — Election Day is still 495 days away.