Friday, June 29, 2007

There was a Debate Last Night

In case you aren't psychic, there was a Democratic debate on PBS last night. The reason there was no coverage was because it involved intelligent Black political commentator Tavis Smiley and a highly qualified group of well-respected Black and Latino journalists talking about issues relating to inner city residents who are overwhelmingly Black and Latino. And who says the media cares about Black people?

My anger aside, it was a very good debate. If you need some information and answers, I deflect you to Susie Madrak, the Suburban Guerrilla. Madrak runs a fine blog and was given credentials to the debate, so she liveblogged it. Summaries of all the answers are there.

If you want a critique from me, I would say that Hillary won clearly with Edwards and Dodd coming in second (Chris Dodd needs to get way more press; he's a good candidate). Barack Obama was one of the worst tonight with obtuse Mike Gravel and Bill Richardson, who got an unfortunate case of foot-in-mouth disease. That leaves Biden and Kucinich in the middle. Biden said some suspect things as well, but it wasn't as bad as Obama's disconnection with the Black community and his hollow rhetoric. He literally sounds like someone who went to Harvard but didn't learn to substantiate their points. He used lots of words and debate team tricks, but did not present any actual substance. All sizzle, no steak. Hillary brought the sizzle and the steak. And she knows how to work a room.