As I've previously posted, I don't like having the media moderate political debates, the media's job should be to report, not make and shape the news. But, I was very impressed and pleased with the way Charles Gibson and Scott Spradling ran last night's debates. They were the best debates of this campaign season.
I keep looking for the consistencies and inconsistencies between the candidates, and the degree to which the candidates are consistent in their own positions. I identify with Denise Rock's earlier post about wanting to take the best of several candidates, to mold various parts of each into a one perfect candidate.
I agree with those who see Senator Clinton as well-prepared to be our next president. She did an excellent job at the debate last night, and I don't see how anybody can fault her for not stating her views and positions clearly. On the other hand, Senator Obama is right on when he says, as he said last night, that words can make a difference. It is clear that he understands how his rhetoric has fired up millions of people nationwide, and that the enthusiam he is generating is good for this country. Vision, brains and leadership count for more than specific experiences when it comes to the presidency. It's a tough call between the two candidates, although I confess, I have more questions about an Obama presidency than I do a Clinton presidency. Clinton is a known commodity, for better or for worse.
As for Senator Edwards, the more I hear, the more he sounds like the same kind of uniter that Geoge W. Bush is, one that talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk. I keep wondering just which of those special interests in Washington he's going to fight. Will it be teachers' unions, the Sierra Club that lobbies on behalf of the environment, the AARP which lobbies on the behalf of oldsters, or one of many other organizations that lobby on behalf of issues that we Democrats solidly support? I believe the best model for an Edward's presidency is the Carter administration, which was brought down by it's own hubris and disdain for Washington politics.
As we get down to the end, I urge everybody to question his or her own decision-making process.