I watched the entire Christine O’Donnell – Christopher Coons debate this evening. The battle of Chrises …
What a clear contrast, the Left versus the Right. O’Donnell did well except for her inability to articulate recent Supreme Court cases with which she disagreed. She stumbled there, but her opponent cited Citizens United case, which like the President, he vehemently disagreed. Neither candidate did very well on this question.
In the last half hour when the questions of the students were taken via video, the distinction of political philosophies and worldviews was made black and white. Coons supported abortion, homosexual “rights,” embryonic steam cell research. O’Donnell, as expected took the opposite viewpoint.
Being a supporter of 95% of the positions of O’Donnell, I thought she did a fair job in stating her positions. However, she was not as polished as Coons. Coons had more political experience. There did not seem to be much respect between either side. O’Donnell seemed more friendly and engaging a personality. On the other hand, Coons seemed arrogant and aloof. O’Donnell, like Sarah Palin, seemed more approachable and down to earth. Her opponent seemed cold and calculating.
I would have to summarize what I saw with Coons overall in the debate that I watched on C-SPAN online was a quote from President Ronald Reagan.
“Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.” Ronald Reagan October 27, 1964
I think that O’Donnell represented the conservative position and the Tea Party Movement well. If people listened to the content they should be impressed by what she said. Coons appeared elitist and smug. O’Donnell was not afraid to alternately challenge and defend her position.
I thought the despite everything, O’Donnell did as well as could be expected. She was not as spellbinding as I thought she would be. The debate did reveal why Coons is considered to be Harry Reid’s “pet.” As O’Donnell repeated said Coons would be the President’s and Harry Reid’s “Rubber Stamp.”
The two debate moderators/questioners and her opponent were all liberals. So she was outnumbered 4 to 1. That being the case, she did not win, nor did she lose the debate. The debate in my opinion was a draw.
However, it was O’Donnell’s ideas and positions that won the debate. Coon’s ideas and positions were in noticeable lockstep with those of Soetoro/Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. This should be more than enough reason for voters in