Healey- Came out OK at first, but when the piling on occured she didn’t seem able to handle it well. At no point did she lose it, but at very few points did she seem to be in control. The bad news is, she needed to be in control. Her attacks on immigration, taxes, etc. that she would like to be wedges in this campaign fell somewhat flat with a third and fourth party to muddle them. She wasn’t effective at slamming the legislature, and I think in fact this will come back to bite her. How can you control a group you show such public contempt for? She had a chance with Shonda, the Romney similarity question, and the 527 issue; I feel she failed to hit more than a two out single on any of them. Closing statement was decent, she defined the race in a two candidate sense but if the debates keep featuring everyone she’s pretty screwed. OUTCOME= -2
Mihos- Christy, my dark horse. First, Christy wants to do everything for nothing. If he and Gabs teamed up, I might figure they could make every MA citizen a millionare and earn votes accordingly. We’ll never pay tolls, and we’ll all live on The Cape. However, realizing he isn’t going to make all of us rich hurt…Christy had his ups and downs…But man, did he beat up on Healey. Even when he attacked both major party members, it almost always ended in an attack on the Romney/Healey administration. He did have his chance to hit on illegal immigrants (a bunk issue requiring lots of explanation IMHO), but he often was left hanging in dead air when there just wasn’t time for it in this format. Thank you Christy! His head up the ass ad was even brought up, and he just wants people to know the facts about the Rovian Repubs…Clearly he has it out for Healey, and the scary/great part is that I think enough people will listen to really hurt her. However, he did interrupt and came across somewhat defensive and desperate. Christy did pick up a few votes so far, but I’ll guess they were Mihos voters who just didn’t know it yet. It’s tough to call, but I’d say… Closing statement OUTCOME= 0- +1
Patrick- Patrick came out of this better than I possibly could’ve hoped. Wallace wasn’t as rough as I expected, and Patrick seemed to rise above the fray on most issues. When the arguments got the ugliest, he was standing by waiting for the nasties to subside to inject his level headed response to the issue. The Big Dig was a crystal clear example of this. When the question of his ability to deal with campaign criticism came up, he parried with real experience working under Clinton when the Congress turned. Healey needed to villianize him, and although questions came about it just didn’t happen. Patrick attacked Healey’s record as a member of the current administration and did it well. Whatever wasn’t perfect was covered by the minor party candidates, from who he had a lot of help tonight.The only criticism I would give was his inability to fit his points into the followup 30 second windows. He was cut off more than once. Closing statement was last, and rocked. OUTCOME= +2
Ross- Well spoken, versed on the issues. Overall, a better performance than I expected from her. Really, I thought she was on point for the most part. It almost scared me how much sense she made, how often she was mostly in line with Deval, and how that might look to the undecided voter. Fortunately, she went way left of almost everyone when she talked about the ‘fisher industry’ and how much those who don’t vote will count in this race. A fellow debate watcher liked her through most of the fray, but decided in the end she was stoned. However, she blew away any moonbat expectations most would have had. I don’t know how many votes she’ll take from it, but I don’t see her hurting Deval like Mihos hurts Healey. OUTCOME= +1
So there you have it. I have an obvious horse in this race, but I can say objectively that if the polls tell us anything, they tell us that Healey needs a few knockout punches.
Not one landed tonight. I pray, and pray, and pray some more that Mihos and Ross are in every debate until the general. And why shouldn’t they be, they’re candidates after all…? Healey’s biggest failure tonight was failing to make this a two person race. She tried, she really did, but…Mihos and even Ross shone. Not good, if you’re a Repub…Ross will never pull from Patrick what Mihos will pull from Healey, and she’s behind as it is.
I hate to use this measuring stick… But when you’re far ahead, if you didn’t lose badly you won. Patrick clearly rose above the fray tonight as both a classy, knowledgeable, and most importantly a BELIEVABLE candidate.
I proclaim a clear victory for DP.
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