The debate itself was a snore fest. No new ground covered. The juice was seeing the gladiator skills of the leaders. It was an opportunity for the Premier to brush aside the two rookies and it was an opportunity for the rooks to take down the big cheese.
They all failed. They all missed opportunities and all had a few shining moments.
Tim Hudak fared better than I personally expected in his delivery, but his Changebook really doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t make much sense and the change it does offer is kinda scary. His performance and delivery though was better than the premier in that he delivered his message more strongly; the fact that those messages are weak and empty vessels that could only damage an economy and our provinces future during what could be a cataclysmic global economic downturn while having to hammer out a new health accord is not something most seniors and concerned Ontarian’s really relish.
Mr. McGuinty’s biggest flaw of the night was simply not communicating his and his government’s successes well enough. Yes it’s tough to play defense as he fended off his two opponents, but he not only didn’t deliver the knock out blows, but simply didn’t pound home why he should have a third majority mandate. People really do like stability, vision, and the strength of character to make sometimes unpopular decisions; but this was a televised debate. While most voters want those things, they still want to feel assured they’re making the right choice emotionally.
Andrea Horvath was an interesting watch. She kept doing that neck thing to emphasize some of her points, but she was a bit petulant in her delivery; a bit Nyah Nyah, complaining to Tim Hudak that he borrowed some of her party concepts. Someone pointed out that when your hands are facing yourself the way Ms Horvath was during the debate it signifies selfishness…
Mostly though she was doing the yappy dog thing; talking over the others and doing a bit of a screaming mimi. The whole make over thing to emulate Hilary Clinton was a bit too obvious too. There is only one Hilary; and the one Andrea was paying tribute to (the 90’s version) just wasn’t cutting it.
Andrea is no Hilary; but as one political wag was telling me near midnight she did show promise that with some maturity might make her a good leader of the opposition.
And that’s where I think this debate leads us; with a Premier that’s flirting with a 3rd majority; a NDP candidate that if vote splitting hits and there’s no reason to think it won’t will be the leader of the opposition; and Tim Hudak being banished; maybe back to that beer store he waxed about.
Oh and Tim. Who was in charge of the province while you were working that beer store job?
How do you think the debate went? You can post your comments below.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News