Monday, October 31, 2005

 

Minneapolis Mayoral Debate

Although I only watched a small portion last night, and don't know either candidate personally, some general impressions came through last night in the debate between R.T. Rybak and his challenger Peter McLaughlin.

Rybak came off as a much more fluid, responsive human being on the podium. Having not watched their past public skirmishes, I don't know if this was a unique event, but McLaughlin did not appear comfortable physically or verbally. For all his fire-and-brimstone about the safety of Minneapolis's streets, Mr. McLaughlin did not offer a concrete alternative to Mr. Rybak's policies or performance, instead relying on the "this administration hasn't done enough" argument. Although I've heard quite a bit of support for Mr. McLaughlin among some DFL activists in the city, I don't think he's done a good enough job outlining not just how Rybak has failed, but how he would do better. There's an important distinction between those two.

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