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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Dem Debate 1

Chew toy proves more interesting than debate.

Quick takes on the first debate which made history when three women stepped on stage.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was impressive, didn’t hurt herself but didn’t necessarily win new supporters.

Julian Castro and Sen, Cory Booker were passionate and also cogent on specifics. Warren, Castro and Booker all were good at sharing personal narratives that could help voters connect with them.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar didn’t seem to hit her stride except for a few good lines. My favorite? When Gov. Jay Inslee cited his work on reproductive rights, Klobuchar noted that “there’s three women up here that have fought pretty hard for a woman’s right to choose.”

The House did not win the House tonight. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, Tim Ryan, John Delaney and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke were the least impressive. While Gabbard took every opportunity to point to her military service, she relied too much on reciting her canned points. But pretty cool that the only veteran on the stage was a woman.

Gov. Inslee did well on citing what he’s been able to do as governor, and he was the only governor on stage. I don’t think he hurt or helped himself.

And New York Mayor DeBlasio is DeBlasio. Why is he running?

Linda Kramer Jenning
Linda Kramer Jenning is an independent journalist who moved to Bainbridge Island after several decades reporting from Washington, D.C. She taught journalism at Georgetown University and is former Washington editor of Glamour.

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