Impressions of the Debate
Tonight's mayoral debate was better than expected. Both candidates held their own pretty well on the facts and the crowd made it a little bit exciting with their reactions.
There was one observation that I am was in a unique place to view. Due to the fact that I came in during the introductions, I was relegated to standing room only. Instead I went to the basement where the debate was being simulcast on video with maybe a dozen people. (Side Benefit - I could yell at the screen without repercussions.)
I saw a very different debate than those in the hall. I saw close-ups of the candidates while the other responded and things that might not have been noticed from more than a few rows back in the hall.
On video - Alcombright scored much higher, in my opinion. Barrett's reactions and thinly veiled anger were very clear on the big screen. More than once while Dick spoke, the camera's showed the mayor clutching the podium while gritting his teeth and shaking his head. I will be very curious how those who watch the debate on local access cable react. It was a very stark contrast to Dick's poker face.
Shades of the Nixon/Kennedy debate in '60?