The Great Debate

I just returned from the Mayoral debate at TSU. My brief impressions:

David Briley: Looked poised and comfortable. Opted not to stand to deliver his answers, which added to his casual demeanor. Had clear and concise answers containing specific ideas to address each question. He was a bit heavy-handed with the emphasis he placed on funding which, while common sense, may not sit well with the resident taxophobes.

Howard Gentry: Good delivery, but pandering a bit in his core focus. He wants a ball park and a convention center. Uh, okay. He also was a bit too vague in his solutions for the city. He talked about changing the culture that leads to violent crime and such. This is nice, but doesn’t really mean anything.

Buck Dozier: I didn’t find him to be as charming or affable as people seem to think he is, but he looked comfortable on stage and delivered with poise. He could have tried a little harder to look attentive when it wasn’t his turn. Big minus points for actually using the phrase “faith-based”. Boo hiss.

Bob Clement: Bob’s faux-folksy charm translates poorly to an actual debate. Canned answers and slogans don’t cut it. Not impressed. He also leaned a little heavy on some talking points about the federal budget/deficit which seemed a force of habit from his days in DC. Not sure that people in Nashville really care about the fedral deficit. (Not that they shouldn’t, but still..)

Karl Dean: Second only to David Briley in his ability to deliver actual reasoned ideas in response to the various questions, but he was a little too vague for me to put my finger on anything I could find fault or praise with. He seemed thoughtful in his answers, though, which plays well in a debate.

The winner?

David Briley

David Briley, hands down. None of the candidates did an outright poor job, but Briley was relaxed and on point. This, combined with real ideas for Nashville he presented in his answers, made him a clear victor.

5 Comments so far

  1. Sean Braisted (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

    You picked the perfect spot…I think you got as much camera time as some of the candidates ;-)

  2. Chris Wage (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    Heh, I was wondering about that.. He had the camera trained on me quite a bit. Mary IM’ed me while I was there and then five minutes later was like “oh, nevermind, I see you on TV”

  3. Bryan (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 10:08 am

    Thanks for this nice, even-handed review of the debate. Now get ready to get pounded on in comments from people ticked off that you didn’t pick their guy.

  4. mrroboto (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

    I liked Briley, until his supporters camped out at the corners of Woodmont and Hillsboro (about 40 feet from my bedroom window) at 7am, holding up signs saying “Honk for Briley.”

  5. David Bockian (unregistered) on July 15th, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    I like your involvement! Your top two were the reverse of mine. I like Dean because of the lack of a purely political bloodline. I do like them both.

    Let’s cross our fingers that we get back to an evenly spread leadership, that has foresight in making Nashville what it can be.

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