Blog: Democratic Debates 26June2019

Democratic Debates 26June2019
Democratic Debates 26June2019
Date: 2019-Jun-27 05:38:11 EST

Doing my (sigh) civic duty and watching the Democratic debates. Taking notes here.

Good challenge to Warren on economy opens the debate. She fields it well. Followup to Klobuchar on her competitors economic plans. She isn't good at speaking on her feet. Beto .. is asked about financial policy. He offers vacuous answer and then annoyingly mixes Spanish and English sentences. This debate isn't in Spanish. Rambles about other things, ignores question. Refuses to give straight answer when directly asked again.Beto .. is asked about financial policy. He offers vacuous answer and then annoyingly mixes Spanish and English sentences. This debate isn't in Spanish. Rambles about other things, ignores question. Refuses to give straight answer when directly asked again. Booker asked about policy towards business breakups and consolidation. Wanders around question for a bit, seems to ignore quoted position. Warrren given a followup, asked if she's picking winners and losers. Refers to existing laws, says they're fine but we're not using them b/c of lack of courage. Castro asked about pay gap, talks about his experience with these issues. Suggests passing Equal Rights Amendment (which is probably a good idea, but isn't something Presidents can do. It was held up because of not enough States signing on. Also talks about passing legislation, which again is not something Presidents do. Wrong governmental branch. Gabbard given same question. Talks about fighting for people in government, brags a bit about military service, and ... meanders further from the question. BdB asked about gap between wealthy and poor, asked about income inequality. Talks about minimum wage and other local policy things. Makes case for a general boldness. Delaney asked about BdBs statements. Talks about a variety of things he's pushed for. Probably was a bad question because he's going all over the place. Islee asked about income inequality, talks about unions and his support for them. Talks more about goals than means. Ryan is asked about Trump's claim that jobs are coming back en masse and if he can promise the same. He thinks so. Long on problems to point at, short on actual solutions.

I likely will just run with the per-candidate impressions going forward.

As we've seen everyone talk by now, quick shallow impression (biased possibly by my prior impressions):

  • Warren - doing well, starts a little overeager. Has a lot of ideas and facts at hand. Debaters know she's a frontrunner - they give her prominence.
  • Klobuchar - pretty weird facial expressions, not a good speaker, didn't leave a good impression. Tried to be fact-driven but she can't manage it.
  • Beto - Annoying multilingualism as a show. Ignores questions even when asked directly. He can fuck right off.
  • Booker - Often ignores structure of debate. Decent speaker. Full of stories, but does he have any solutions? Actually speaks Spanish well, but again, this debate is in English so cut that shut out.
  • Castro - Dude's really ugly, and seems confused about what Presidents do.
  • Gabbard - Polished and a good speaker, but often ignores structure of debate
  • BdB - Started out well, later offered rebuttals that were word games. Excessive tribalism.
  • Delaney - Hard to judge because moderator didn't ask him a well-defined question so he wandered all over the place.
  • Islee - Likes talking about Unions. Generally talks about things he wants more than how he can get there.
  • Ryan - Looks weird, talks weird.
FFS. Now the moderators are breaking into Spanish, and letting people talk over each other. Sigh.If you want to do debates all in Spanish, do it. As-is, mixing languages doesn't make the debate better.