Presidential Debate: About What You’d Expect

By August 8, 2007Labor Unions

Best summary of last night’s Democratic presidential candidates’ joint appearance before an AFL-CIO crowd at Soldiers Field in Chicago: “This wasn’t a debate; this was political speed dating.” That’s from Carl F. Horowitz, director of the Organized Labor Accountability Project at the National Legal and Policy Center. Horowitz and other labor watchers provided quick reviews of last night’s event at a “Labor Pains” symposium at National Review Online.

We listened to some of the forum last night and found it to be about what you’d expect of any mass candidates’ appearance before a crowd who’s there to be wooed. Doesn’t matter what political party; pandering is the expected form of behavior, and you’re not going to get a real exchange of ideas with seven candidates on a stage.

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann also kept his demons under control. The conservative Media Research Center even praised him for asking contrarian questions. We especially liked this one: “OLBERMANN: Senator Edwards, I have a question for you. You made your substantial fortune as a trial lawyer. Trial lawyers are now contributing significantly to your campaign. How is that any better than lobbyists?”

Edwards also had the best incitement to violence of the evening, when he vowed an America “where no scab can walk through a picket line.”

Seth Borden of Kreitzman Mortensen & Borden paid more attention than we did and posted his thoughts here.

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