Before we plow into the debate between Lee Terry and Tom White, let’s look at the issue that voters have actually seen:
The Tom White commercial (thanks to Dayton Headlee):
And, to follow up, the Lee Terry camp’s response:
It would have been nice if we didn’t have to do this Zapruder film version. Unfortunately, Tom White has not put his ad up on his YouTube page -- like he has with every other ad. (Wonder why that is...)
So like we said, those ads are what many people are actually going to base their votes on.
So why not watch the debate?
Well, that’s a nice theory. It’s an hour long. There is no audience.
And it’s like watching water sublimate.
Let’s face it, the average voter just ain’t going to watch it.
What should be done?
The videos should be broken down to issues, so people can watch individual points.
Next, the OWH needs to have a political columnist who will give a review of the debate.
Because right now only KFAB's Tom Becka is giving political commentary in Omaha, and his is practically the final word.
Well, except for the blogs (blog) of course.
So what was our view?
Well, here’s the deal: Tom White needed to hit a grand slam home run to shake things up. He did not do it.
We are not going to try to crow that Terry dominated, because he didn’t. And though the usual suspects will try to tell you that White killed, they will be wrong.
Terry and White both hit a few singles. And then, generally, the question concluded and the inning ended. Each took the side of an issue, made a decent argument about it, and then...that was it. (For sixty, life-draining, minutes mind you...)
Tom White’s theme was, “Lee Terry has been in Congress for 12 years, so he is the reason that everything sucks.”
Lee Terry’s theme was, “I’m not going to go along with the Obama-Pelosi plan.”
And White made the one defining point at about the 53 minute mark (yes, we watched that far). He says that President Obama inherited all his troubles from President Bush and the Republican Congress.
So, Tom White wants to further the Presidency of Barack Obama and the the policies of the Democrat controlled Congress.
And if that’s what you want, Voter Dude, then Tom White is your man.
If not, then Lee Terry is your guy.
And there you have it.
(And we just saved you from watching this for 3,600 seconds.)