Five minutes after that Steve Paglica disqualified himself when he started insisting that "job training" and tax credits was the key to overcoming jobless woes. Having gone the job-training route myself in the past and known people who've gone that route, job training doesn't work when no one's hiring at all.
Alan Khazei is well-meaning and even seems to have some good ideas, but seems singularly clueless about how to actually get shit done in Congress. Plus, he confused TARP with the Stimulus. A reluctant fail there, but fail nonetheless.
So, it appears my vote is cemented for Mike Capuano at the 40-minute mark.
I suppose I should feel proud of myself. I was sufficiently aware of where the candidates stood going into the debate. (I was torn between Khazei and Capuano going in, with a lean toward Capuano.) The fun for me is watching which candidates ended up on them "The only way I'm voting for you is if you're up against one of the Republican candidates for Kennedy's seat."
Not that I'm crapping on Republicans in general. It's just that the two Republican candidates are running to the right. In Massachusetts. Yeah. That'll work.
And then one of them (Scott Brown) came out in favor of the death penalty. In Massachusetts. In public. While he probably won't get negative numbers, I'm willing to bet that someone in the state Republican Committee wept into his or her cornflakes when Brown went public with that little tidbit.
That last paragraph is brought to you by the phrase: "You know you live in the Bluest of Blue States when..."
To be fair, though, Jack E. Robinson, the other Republican candidate, is pro-GLBT rights. The rest of his platform, though, is...yeesh. Yeah. I'm not seeing him getting too far, either.
Still, it was an entertaining hour all around.
And I admit that Capuano endeared himself to me by visibly wanting to strangle is opponents while refraining from doing so. Also good: the other three were all about creating new programs (notably for jobs), while he was pointing out that the programs already existed (true), but had been badly underfunded for years (also true), so why not just use what we had without inventing the wheel.
Yeah. I think I feel lots better about my choice now.
Off to hear the presidential address now.