Tester-Burns-Mexunitecan Debate Thoughts


Tester won the debate. Burns seemed to be more on his game than the last debate, but his answers were often a rambling series of disconnected remarks. Burns often talked as if he had no idea what the question was.

Stan Jones was a disastrous sideshow that effectively insulated Burns from direct criticism. Burns looked almost credible by comparison, and the lack of direct rebuttal between Tester-Burns was good for Connie. He’s a distraction who shouldn’t have been included, other than the Daily Show fodder.

I do enjoy how Conrad spends half of each debate talking about the pork he brought to the community where the debate was hosted.

Tester still needs to be more assertive about getting his response to Burns’ comments out first. They’re often buried after his prepared response. I’d recommend front-loading the response to make sure it has more impact.

Stan Jones was less blue than I expected.

Time to go invest in Americos.

Detailed thoughts about the debate here, here, at Debate Scoop and at Left in the West.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • I’d recommend front-loading the response to make sure it has more impact.

    Couldn’t agree more. I would like to see Tester speak louder and just a tad more forceful.

  • If everything Mr. Blue Man had to say is hog wash, then where did the video go? You can’t view it anywhere on the internet anymore. What about this video is someone afraid of? It is very apparent who the Montanians are going to vote for. Tester, Tester, Tester, he’s our man. No real surprise. Where is the video? Answer that.

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