Monday, November 07, 2005

Who Won the Debate?

Did you watch the live "West Wing" debate last night? If so, leave a comment letting us know which version you watched (East or West coast) and which candidate you thought won the debate. You can elaborate on why if you wish.


At 8:56 AM, Blogger The Cynical Liberal said...

I saw the East coast debate, and I think that Santos won by a nose.

I think Vinick made some excellent points, and said quite a few things that made perfect common sense if they weren't the most politically thought-out... Still, it seemed at some times like he was speaking with MY voice... So nice to see a Republican talking about the fundamental differences like government size instead of abortion and gay marriage. Unfortunately it's all fiction, but a man can hope, right?

Santos, on the other hand, seemed, to me, to connect with the voters more. At the end I said "It's like watching George Bush and Bill Clinton all over again..." Santos was the one telling the voters his dreams for their futures and trying to connect, and Vinick was lecturing them like a grandfather on why they would be better off if they just did it his way.

That's my thoughts, anyway.

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Nate said...

Watched the east coast showing. I thought Santos won on fictional debating points and would-be substance. However, Mr. Alda cleaned up in the acting contest. Excellent episode!

At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alda won. That was the single best defense of drilling for oil in ANWAR I have heard.

At 12:32 AM, Anonymous meters said...

Having seen the East Coast episode, I personally thought it was a little rough. It was all about a dumbed-down primer of some of today's hot-button issues, as if the producers thought it was their job to introduce Middle America voters to the over-simplified arguments of the matters that will drive them not to the polls.

Given the atypically shitty writing, the acting was great, save that heckler who shouted, "YOU're a liar!" He was the cheapest and worst extra ever brought in for a fake debate, and I'm even including Walter Mondale.

Sadly, my allegiance to Alda makes me want him as my next fake president. But I say this as someone who has refused to watch Commander in Chief because I worried it would make me seem unloyal to President Bartlett. In other words, I've bought way into the Beltway tradition of overthinking such matters to be able to actually decide whose performance was better.


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