Monday, July 23, 2007

Live Blogging During the Democratic CNN/YouTube Debate


Well, the personal sure is political here on CNN tonight! And there's nothing like watching young citizens on YouTube call on politicians to walk their walk. I'm loving the question during the green section, about whether the candidates took a private jet to the debate, and during the economy section, the one about whether they'd do the job for minimum wage, and the one during the education section about whether they sent their kids to public or private school. Unlike the business-as-usual debate, I thought these questions challenged the candidates to answer with a rare spontaneous candor--which, for the most part, they did. That public/private school one really got me, though. Aside for the candidate who was all about Catholic school, anytime someone answered that their kids went to private school, they went all defensive about how it was extenuating circumstances and all. (Yeah, right, says this public school baby.)

But the biggest miss: When the young woman who works at Planned Parenthood asked the candidates whether they've talked to their children, honestly, about sex, to a tee the candidates called upon answered that they've talked to their kids about "inappropriate touching" and how to avoid sexual predators. Methinks they missed the point. Thoughts?

Hey wait - did John Edwards really just say he didn't like Hillary's jacket? Did JOe Biden just say what he liked most about Dennis Kucinich was his wife?! Did Jeffrey Toobin really just say it was like watching Gladys Knight and the Pips (ie Hillary = Gladys)?!

This debate is hands down the most fun I've seen in a while.

9 comments:

PunditMom said...

Oh, that wacky Jeffrey Toobin. I do give Edwards some points for not backing off the jacket remark, though! :)

Marco Acevedo said...

Damn, I missed a good show (work, i.e. crunching for a big meeting, trumps pleasure). Salon says Kucinich spoke in mysterious Zen koans. How fun!

Deborah Siegel said...

Punditmom: I was half-expecting Hillary to flip the ruse and tell Barak she wasn't sure about HIS jacket. And yes, Marco, you missed some big fun. But I'm sure YouTube has it all ready for reruns! xo

Elizabeth M. Curtis said...

I linked you, lady, at http://ablogwithoutabicycle.blogspot.com/2007/07/cnnyoutube-debates.html. Great perspective on question #22!

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