I haven’t posted here before, but felt compelled to based on what I’ve been reading here.
When this Senate race started, my inclination was to support Capuano. I’ve seen him speak in person several times, and like his very practical (and progressive) perspective. But then I had the opportunity to see Khazei speak a few times and to meet him and was very impressed. I was impressed not only by what his policy positions are, but by how he formed them, how he intends to act upon them, and the depth and relevance of his experience. My only misgiving was that a candidate with limited name recognition would have difficulty overcoming a well-known front runner (though I think that Coakley is the worst choice of the four based on direct experience with her office). However, I believe Khazei’s effective ground game and the Globe endorsement gives him a fighting chance.
With limited time left in the campaign, I imagine that few will have the chance to see the candidates in person, leaving the debates as the last best chance to get to know them. So, my suggestion is to watch the debates with an open mind as much as possible. I know that when I watch a debate knowing which candidate I already support that I tend to discount every statement not in favor of my candidate – not the best way to form a new opinion. But I’m hoping that those who haven’t had the opportunity to meet the candidates and to learn about their differing perspectives and experiences, do so as much as possible, and then watch the debates with an open mind to supporting a candidate with a funny name who’s wrongly perceived as lacking experience, yet who has the best potential to make a difference in the Senate…
And, for what it’s worth, I think Ryan makes some good points here.