Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

WHSV Debate

Last night WHSV had a "debate" between Lohr and Fulk. It was basically a forum where the candidates could respond to the attack ads from the other campaigns and also have more of a dialogue than most of the other debates. Here is the DNR article on it. Here is the WHSV video as well. Neither says anything we didn't already know.
One point I want to make, in the video Fulk says the government all too often is reactionary and they need to fix problems before they happen. Isn't that the purpose of the amendment you are opposed to Mr Fulk?
Any thoughts on the debate from those who saw it? I obviously didn't so I'm interested to see what you folks thought.


  • At 10/25/2005 11:46 AM, Anonymous Valley Centrist said…

    After a slow start, I think Lowell came across as more the more thoughtful of the two, and connected better with the viewer. Same advantages I've seen in every other forum I've attended, including Saturday's.

    Lohr comes across as a young man with marginal credentials who will carry water for the Republican party. Fulk comes across as the more experienced public servant who will do what is right.

  • At 10/25/2005 12:00 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Now would a Lohr supporter please write in so we can get a balanced look at the debate.
    j/k Centrist, I appreciate the insight.
    I must admit Lohr usually looks more rehearsed than Fulk does, every time I have seen them debate.

  • At 10/25/2005 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think we're both really interested in how the undecideds felt about each performance last night, gophokie. Any out there who wish to share?

  • At 10/25/2005 3:29 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Agreed. The only problem is, I don't think an undecided voter exists in the blogosphere.

  • At 10/25/2005 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Here's an idea. The heck with Lowell and Matt. Let's set up Republitarian and GOPHOKIE in a ring and let them have an 'ultimate fighting' sort of fight. Last one standing gets to send the man of his choice to Richmond. It would be so much more interesting.

  • At 10/25/2005 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Please Centrist, Fulk has been playing the Clinton "I feel your pain, but really can't help" bit everytime he gets in front of the camera...it makes me sick.

    Fulk is no more qualified than Lohr so get your facts right. AGE does not make you more qaulified.

  • At 10/25/2005 8:59 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    The question is, who is the Republitarian's choice?

  • At 10/26/2005 6:19 AM, Anonymous saywhat?? said…

    Anon 5:54,

    Qualifications aren't subjective -- what you want from a candidate and what I want are likely different things. So it's not a matter for fact to say who's more qualified. In Lowell Fulk, I see the right combinations of competence, intelllect and integrity to get the job done. In Lohr I do not. I would not say that those who do, however, have their facts wrong. I'd just say they see it differently.

  • At 10/26/2005 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Little Trivia - Don't miss today's Letters to the Editor in the DNR. Today is Lohr Heavy Day; as you know the DNR always prints an exactly equal number of letters from supporters of each candidate. yesterday were a bunch of 'vote fulks' and today are 'vote Lohrs' with one fulk thrown in for balance. The Fulk letter is written by the wife of the man that wrote that horrible indecipherable babbling screed a few days back. I think in the future she should write all the LTE in their marriage.

  • At 10/26/2005 1:03 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Nice one 9:41. I like your thinking.

  • At 10/26/2005 7:53 PM, Anonymous Valley Centrist said…

    Anonymous 5:54 (Jeez, let me sign up with the crowd that believes that bloggers should have call names), Lowell comes across as the more mature, experienced of the candidates because he is. It's not only due to his age, but that probably doesn't hurt.

    For one. when asked a question, you can see some grey activity behind those eyes, not a grasping for the orhodox party script.

    And yes, he also served 8 yrs on the school board, and quickly became the resident board advocate on how helping parents deal with SOL's. I know, I was there. He also was the first school board member to give budget presentations to local school staffs. And one more thing. An important thing. Lowell showed up.

    Can you tell me one thing that Matt has done on the school board? One notable thing? Maybe I missed it. Per Bill Gamble's letter in today's DNR, he wasn't there when he was needed. That should speak volumes about his 'experience'.

  • At 10/26/2005 9:05 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    In Matts defense, he isnt really running on his experience on the board. Sure he points it out but thats not the central part of his campaign. His campaign is about conservative ideas and principles. Fulk's campaign is more about his experience and less about certain issues.
    For the district they are in, I think those are good themes to run on for each candidate. It appeals to their strengths and their base of support.


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