Dick Howe’s got a rundown of the final debate between the MA-05 candidates. Eileen Donoghue is making a run at Niki Tsongas’ experience — portraying herself as a seasoned public servant and Tsongas as, well, a political wife who didn’t have much enthusiasm for politics. (Jim Miceli’s doing the same thing, but nobody cares about him.) Anyway, I dunno if that sticks … seems to me if you’re willing to throw yourself into the hassle of a Congressional race, you’re probably prepared to serve with some vigor. I suppose I could be wrong.
This cuts a little closer to the bone — from Dick’s notes of an exchange between Donoghue and Tsongas:
Donoghue says “You raised over $1 mil and you sound like you don?t want any competition.” Donoghue replies pretty forcefully about leadership not being about reading a briefing paper or gaining experience simply by being near someone. Donoghue goes back to the newspaper article. Tsongas is rattled – she goes back to her position on Iraq but her voice is a little shaky. Donoghue really threw her off stride. Tsongas is slowly recovering and asks Donoghue to withdraw the ad. Donoghue says my ad says you have no specific plan and that?s what your whole campaign is about, no specifics and no leadership.
Dick calls the whole exchange — and the evening — decidedly for Donoghue. That’s an interesting turnaround, because in previous debates I’ve felt that Donoghue has left a comfortable but somewhat bureaucratic impression. Not so last night, I guess.
Jackie Doherty was also impressed by Donoghue’s fire:
… [S]he demonstrated an articulate forcefulness and focus that was inspiring and scary to behold. (Scary because I can?t help imagining myself up there and worrying how I would handle such an onslaught.)
Anyway, check out Dick’s liveblogging of the whole debate, in six sections.