Battle ’10 Nevada has combined first impressions with a late-night living-room review of the tape and wishes to reaffirm that Sharron Angle won tonight’s U.S. Senate debate.
Angle was lively and had better one-liners. Reid was worse than expected and rambled where he needed to stage strong rhetorical rallies. He was also obviously annoyed, which is never good.
All in all, the debate was a bit underwhelming but interesting nonetheless.
Angle was well-prepared; her prep team deserves credit. Reid, not so much. Did he study up, or just assume Angle would hand him the win? His worst moments were those in which he referred to Angle as “my friend.” Really, Senator? Your campaign has spent nearly five months and many millions of dollars demonizing the dangerous lady from the sticks, and now she is your . . . friend? Gen. David Petraeus, whose veracity was once questioned by Reid, was tonight also called a friend. We are sure the general is verklempt.
Angle, when questioned about her changed positions since the primary — on the Department of Education, Social Security, and the unemployed — blamed most misunderstandings on spin by Team Reid instead of admitting, as she did earlier this week, that she now understands things she once did not. The latter is a better answer, but in the instances where Reid could have pounced on her, he lagged. Meanwhile, Angle hammered him on Obamacare, immigration, taxes, and the economy. Reid, in apparent discomfort, spent much of the debate on the defensive. It is a place he can ill afford to be as the biggest Senate race in the land winds to its close.