The top Democratic party candidates were all on the same stage.
Three guys — a white, a black, and a Hispanic — and a woman.
How many jokes have you heard that started out something like that?
This, however, was not a joke. It’s amazing — and it’s America!
What I am referring to, of course, is the Democratic debate in New Hampshire sponsored by Facebook. They were randomly arranged in the order I described earlier, John Edwards, Barrack Obama, Bill Richardson, and Hilary Clinton.
What was really neat for me is that the diversity of the field didn’t strike me until late in the debate when I noticed how much Bill Richardson’s Hispanic heritage showed. Then it was, “Oh, wow!”
I watched both debates. They were strikingly different in tone and in substance.
I don’t generally watch debates until after the conventions when the parties’ presidential and vice-presidential candidates face off. These debates, though, were an opportunity to see the major candidates for both parties in a very short period of time.
The Republicans fielded five white guys.
The Democrats sent three guys — a white, a black, and a Hispanic — and a woman.
How amazing is that?