So I’ve been up late watching the Senate debate between Mike Johanns and Scott Kleeb on the KOLN/KGIN website. And here’s what I’ve learned.
That Scott Kleeb is one fiery speaker. He’s all cadenced and breathy. But he’s something akin to eating the new “Fiery Habanero Doritos“. (Wow, that’s some kind of zing!)
You get done eating the whole bag, and you realize, “Hey, except for some riboflavin, there wasn’t a lick of nutrition there.”
Mike Johanns, on the other hand, is a little like that plate of broccoli. You’re not pumped about it, but you know it’s good for you and it is going to be a zillion times more nutritious than that bag of fried corn.
And that was the debate. Kleeb up there talking about pioneers (again) and getting into a froth and using that voice where he’s speaking loudly, but sort of whispers at you. You know, so it sounds like he’s really sincere? Yeah, that one. And then Johanns actually answers the question.
Well, I’m guessing you really don’t want to take the time to watch. So here’s the rest:
Kleeb’s prepared “zinger” was,
“You can’t send the same people back to Washington and expect different results.“
And Johanns’s reply was,
“I was in Washington less time than Barack Obama has been in the Senate.“
My favorite exchange was when Kleeb finished off one of the questions about critiques of ethanol with:
“We have got to start asking ourselves the bigger questions and challenge ourselves to meet those new horizons.“
And then Johanns steps up to the mike and says to the questioner:
“Let me answer your question directly. It was about ethanol…“
And that’s pretty much the way it went. Kleeb being breathy and passionate about his feelings. And Johanns getting down to brass tacks. But then, what did you expect?
My final favorite was the following: A Boys Stater asked how the candidates felt about the strong successful conservatism of Ronald Reagan. Johanns gave essentially his support of the Reagan years. And here’s how Kleeb responded:
And that’s how liberal Democrats, like Kleeb, think.
There, now you don’t have to watch.