Senator Harry Reid and republican senate nominee Sharron Angle debated for the first and only time last night, October 14. Early this morning I watched the full video between the two and came away quite shocked at just how poorly Harry Reid performed. His performance, replete with gaffes, misspoken data and general awkwardness was quite unbecoming of a three-decade, veteran senate 'leader.' I was surprised at just how focused and on-point Angle was. For every Reid awkward moment, Angle went right for the jugular.
A vocal critic of Sharron Angle, the Las Vegas Sun, conceded that Angle flatly won the debate on several counts:
Sharron Angle won The Big Debate.
Angle won because she looked relatively credible, appearing not to be the Wicked Witch of the West (Christine O’Donnell is the good witch of the Tea Party) and scoring many more rhetorical points. And she won because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid looked as if he could barely stay on a linear argument, abruptly switching gears and failing to effectively parry or thrust.
Whether the debate affects the outcome — I believe very few Nevadans are undecided — it also perfectly encapsulated the race: An aging senator who has mastered the inside political game but fundamentally does not seem to care about his public role (and is terrible at it) versus an ever-smiling political climber who can deliver message points but sometimes changes her message or denies a previous one even existed.
Part II - Highlights - (1:00) Angle against insurance mandates, "America is about choices." (2:00) Harry Reid, "You see the baseball players wearing pink shoes, the football players having pink helmets....colon cancer, because you snip off the things that they find when they go up, no more." The segment (at 3:15) seals the deal on Harry Reid's defeat. He simply cannot answer a simple yes/no question. Ouch:
Part III: Highlights - Angle (2:40) "Man up Harry Reid, you need to understand that we have a problem with Social Security." (10:00) Angle makes a great case for de-funding the Department of Education and stands her ground. Harry Reid (11:25) follows, calling the Department of Education, the "department of energy." No kidding, this guys is the leader of the United States Senate?:
Part IV - Highlights - Angle continues 1-2 punches at every point, note Harry Reid fumbling through his notes (9:00):
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