Getting sick and missing work forced me to miss updating my blog, but even though I’m late posting this, nothing has changed to invalidate it, so here what I have to say about the first debate for the Democratic presidential candidates. Doesn’t it make a difference when there’s a debate without Donald Trump’s fat head filling up the camera? Lower ratings. More substance. That’s a trade-off worth making.
Bernie Sanders did very well and did nothing to harm his status as the Ultimate Boogeyman of the Billionaires. Hillary Clinton was polished, seasoned and seemed to be enjoying herself. Martin O’Malley will make someone a very nice Cabinet secretary as long as its nothing too important. Lincoln Chafee should enjoy those two hours because those are the last ones he’s gonna get on a debate stage. Jim Webb would be a very formidable candidate if he were only running as the Republican he once was and still seems to be.
It’s popular to declare a winner of these things and make everybody else a loser, but this was really only about two of the candidates. I tuned in for The Bernie & Hillary Show and their not-so special guest stars and it opened to rave reviews for not being anything like the bloody car crash the two Republican debates were.
Who won? I see it this way: Politics is the art of the possible and Bernie is full of possibilities. Politics is also the art of the doable, and since no Democrat is liable to make any headway with the Republican majorities in the House and the Senate (more likely of the two to change control), Hillary is better suited to position herself as the one who can get something done.
Bernie appeals to my liberalism. Hillary appeals to my pragmatism. I want to follow my heart, but I listen to my brain.
You know what the biggest difference is between watching the Democrats debate after the first two Republican rumbles? You don’t feel your intelligence has been insulted and you’re a bit more hopeful for America than you are after someone has tried to scare you into believing Mexicans are gonna take your job, ISIS is going to kill you in your sleep and bullshit you into believing everything will be fine if we would only give billionaires another tax break.
We’ve already had the Republicans present themselves as if every American is as dumb as they are, so maybe the Democrats taking a shot on Americans actually being smart might work.
For anyone feeling frosty the media proclaimed Clinton the “winner” why do you need the media to confirm for you what you already believe? If Bernie is your guy then don’t wait for him to be anointed by the mainstream media because it’s probably not going to happen.
Sanders did a nice job at the first debate, but some pundits say for him to beat Hillary Clinton he’s gonna have to stop being so nice. The campaigns are just getting revved up and when things stop being so congenial between Clinton and Sanders, I have no doubt when push comes to shove, Hillary will chop Bernie’s head right off his shoulders and smile when it hits the floor. Not so sure the same can be expected from Sanders.
The punditorcracy has already declared Bernie Sanders will never be elected president, but these are the same pundits who said Hillary had this in the bag from the jump, so what do they know?
The problem for Sanders supporters isn’t going to be convincing the media he can actually win. The problem is convincing the voters.
If nothing else, the Democrats have to feel a bit better now to have finally rolled their 2016 models out on the showroom floor.