Sad person that I am, I noticed it was on the other night, so I DVRed it.
First let me stake out my poistion on both candidates so we get all of my biases out in the open:
I think they both suck. Granholm is a political manipulator of great skill. She seems to have the ability to avoid any crap flung at her, and manages a lot of weasely stuff that many folks don’t hear about. Devos was the CEO of Amway. To me, that says enough about him right there…he was a CEO at a company whose reps pride themselves on annoying the living shit out of all their friends, is a large pyramid scheme, and also who shipped over a thousand jobs from Michigan to China.
So, how did the debate go?
Granholm was poised, calm, and had, for most questions, pointed answers. When asked if her opponent was lying in his campaign ads, she point blank said “yes” and then went on to detail where he was lying. When Devos was asked the same question, he dissembled about how dissapointing the campaign had been because it had turned dirty, etc. This was the pattern throughout most of the debate.
Devos didn’t answer ONE question with anything concrete, with any substance whatsoever. Granholm did, but I’m not sure whether to beleive her or not based on some of the answers she gave later in the debate. Also, some of the questions were such softballs that I, as a viewer, was insulted. It seemed like it was the Detroit News representatives job to toss easy ones to Devos and then try to nail Granholm to the wall, while the main questioner dude was pretty objective in presenting questions to both sides.
All in all, while I really don’t like what Granholm has done with the state since taking office, Devos looked like so much of a weasel that I can’t possibly vote for him. I have no idea how he expects to compete when he shows up to a debate so completely unprepared. He makes Bush in the Bush/Kerry deabte look like … well, someone who can debate worth a darn.
What did you think?