I second all of Ben's R2 analysis except for that Kay Hall chick. She's not nearly as good as people say. Take it from me.
I'd also like to add Ben Vincent to the list. He's a novice, but he's done extremely well this year, with good reason. His speaking is clear and he has an excellent logical flow to his speeches that makes him enjoyable to listen to. His use of word pictures and simple explanations is unparalleled and I generally find him well-reasoned, articulate, and knowledgeable about everything he brings up. Ben is certainly a force to be reckoned with.
Cady Crosby is also Nationals-bound, and she throughly deserves her slot. I have not personally seen her debate yet this year, but based on my knowledge of her (and the fear in the eyes of those whose names end up across from hers on postings), I can reasonably say that she is intelligent, articulate, and very well-versed in economics. She's passionate about her subject matter and communicates that convincingly to her judges.
Cady definitely seconded. And Kay Hall reaffirmed
This Ben fellow sounds like someone I should meet...
Ben Vincent, R II
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