The first Sherrod Brown v Josh Mandel debate is tomorrow at noon. I’ll put a post up and try running commentary for anyone who is able to watch in the middle of the day.
I’m not at all concerned about Sherrod Brown knowing “the issues.” I’ve spent enough time listening to Brown speak to constituents here to be confident that he’ll do well there.
In my own case, I have been on several voting rights conference calls with Brown, and it is an absolute pleasure to have a US Senator and passionate voting rights advocate who was once the Ohio Secretary of State. Brown actually knows how voting process works, in the real world. Obviously, looking at the chaos in Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas and South Carolina that is rare even at the state level, let alone from the (relative) remove of the US Senate. I know people here who have had the same good experiences talking with Brown about trade, or rural hospitals, or labor issues. Everyone I’ve ever met who has talked with him on a specific topic has been impressed.
So, the main reason I’ll be watching is because Josh Mandel is a Mitt Romney-level liar. He’s really top-tier in shamelessly repeating flat-out lies. I’m dying to find out how Brown handles that in a debate.