Doís and Doníts of the Debate
The Hiller Instinct: Doís and Doníts of the Debate
Begin with Shannon O'Brien, who tonight must establish a fine whine of defense against Mitt Romney:
Mitt Romney (R) Gubernatorial Candidate
"Politics is not a place for whining."
O'Brien had no answer to that in the last debate. Tonight, she'll need one. Mitt Romney's do: connect the dots between super salesman and super governor. We know you can sell, tonight prove you can govern.
Jill Stein (G) Gubernatorial Candidate
"We are a people powered campaign and not a money powered campaign."
And Jill Stein is the surprise of the campaign. What she must do tonight is speak from her heart to convince liberals and progressives a vote for her is more than a protest.
Barbara Johnson (I) Gubernatorial Candidate
"Women have really taken over the world and I'm a woman if you notice..."
Of course we notice, but we're still not sure exactly what you're saying. So the one word do for Barbara Johnson tonight is chill! A do for Carla Howell: think big!
Carla Howell (L) Gubernatorial Candidate
"Small government is beautifulÖ small government is beautifulÖ small government is beautiful."
Earth to Carla: we get it! So, tonight, don't be a robot, enlarge your message. Now two don'ts for the two frontrunners.
Mitt Romney: don't be a wimp. Lately you've finally seemed comfortable campaigning against women. Don't regress and be beefcake without the beef.
And Shannon O'Brien: don't mock Mitt. That almost cost you debate two, the only one you've won in part because you were relaxed.
"Why did you feel more relaxed?"
Shannon O'Brien (D) Gubernatorial Candidate, Oct. 1
So here's a tip for all the debaters: seize the opportunity! Tonight's debate is like a time bomb... Because time is running out for the candidates, and a well-timed bomb could blow this race wide open.