The first Democratic Debate is behind us, the Big Tent Party was represented by five white guys and one gal. Now, I admit – I did not watch the debate. Why? Because I had about ten thousand other things I needed to do instead. Primarily, though, I didn’t watch for the same reason Sheriff David Clarke didn’t watch:
[…] David A. Clarke, Jr. ✔ @SheriffClarke
@ChristiChat @RWSurferGirl @realDonaldTrump I’m watching Mets/Dodgers. If I want to be lied to I’ll interrogate a criminal.
9:51 PM – 13 Oct 2015 (Click here to read the rest.)
And there ya have it!
One thing seems obvious from the responses of reporters and pundits alike: Hillary Clinton is the Nominee, and the others are vying for positions in her cabinet. From most accounts, including Prof. Larry Sabato from UVA’s Center For Politics, Clinton was the clear winner of the Debate, though it seems Sanders had a pretty good showing, too. Especially when he defended her over that pesky Email Scandal which really is no big deal, people. Who cares about National Security, after all? Clearly not most of the people who were on that stage last night, it seems.
Oh, and as an aside, one of the hosts of Fox and Friends, I believe it was, said that the press room erupted in cheers when Sanders defended Clinton over the emails. So much for that “fair and balanced” journalism, huh?
Honestly, I still cannot believe that a 70-something year old loud-mouthed Socialist is doing so well on the Democrats’ side. Heck, even Hillary was tacking FAR LEFT in the debate, a far cry from where she was just 8 years ago. What the hell is going on in the Democratic Party? When did they become Democratic Socialists??
No wonder Sec. Webb is polling so poorly. He is the old-school Democrat, the kind of Democrat I was before they Party lost its mind and decided to give away everyone else’s money.
It is to this point that David Harsanyi writes about Sec. Jim Webb in The Federalist:
When Democratic Party presidential hopefuls were asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper to list enemies they had made during their careers that they were most proud of, the only candidate who didn’t include any fellow Americans was Jim Webb. Webb—who, it should be noted, didn’t exactly answer the question—explained that it was an enemy soldier who once threw a grenade and wounded him; a soldier who was no longer around. Jim Webb killed a commie because Jim Webb loves America.
Many liberals on social media found this revelation sorta creepy. Yet there was probably a time when liberal voters would have been impressed by someone who had served his country so valiantly. They might have seen promise in a candidate whose populist sensibilities could speak convincingly to the working class and to Southerners, and whose appeal was propelled by both idealism and realism. Webb might have been formidable Democrat presidential candidate 15 years ago. Twenty-five years ago he might have been a star. Today? He’s a man completely out of touch with the philosophical temperament of his party.
Webb may have fought in a war against collectivist authoritarians, but today he’s debating one—a less threatening socialist who regularly lectures thousands of excitable sycophants about the need for more coercion and redistribution. This would have been anathema even for Barack Obama even in 2008. Bernie Sanders is not stigmatized by his ideology. Today there’s almost no genuine philosophical daylight between Sanders’ ideas and the professed positions of front-runner Hillary Clinton. Their disagreement is over what’s achievable. Yet Beltway wisdom tells us only one party has been radicalized in America. Democrats are the adults. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Well, THAT is a disturbing thought, isn’t it? That the Democrats are considered the “adults” in the room? I guess that is what Anderson Cooper was saying when he referred to them as being “all serious people, ” as opposed to, you know, those whacko Republicans. Frankly, I thought Jim WEBB was the adult up on that dais, like when he answered this question about gun control:
Huh. He actually mentioned mental illness as being a big problem with some who obtain guns. And he defended gun owners, as well as highlighted the hypocrisy of the Left as IJ Review noted.
No wonder Webb is doing so poorly among Leftie Liberals…
The debate was also fodder for some pretty funny comments, a la Sheriff Clarke. Earlier today, Martha McCallum noted on “America’s Newsroom” that the Democrats have 6 debates, and considering last night’s debate, that was probably enough. No kidding. Here are some other funny responses via Twittter from conservative pundits:
[…] Jonah Goldberg ✔ @JonahNRO
Close your eyes. Bernie Sanders is George Steinbrenner from Seinfeld.
8:56 PM – 13 Oct 2015
Brit Hume ✔ @brithume
I keep expecting Sanders to shout “Get off my lawn!”
8:56 PM – 13 Oct 2015
Michael Deppisch @deppisch
“Bernie Sanders has a D- from the NRA.” Hey, that’s the same grade he got in economics! #DemDebate
9:13 PM – 13 Oct 2015
Liz Mair @LizMair
I’m not really sure saying you’re a “block of granite” is a really good argument. “Hi, I’m a rock.” Great. #demdebate
9:08 PM – 13 Oct 2015
The Post and Courier ✔ @postandcourier
.@BernieSanders calls #Syria “a quagmire in a quagmire.” #DemDebate
9:23 PM – 13 Oct 2015
Caleb Howe @CalebHowe
Cooper: American citizens did lose their lives in Benghazi. Clinton: I’ll get to that! #WhatDifferenceAtThisPoint #DemDebate
GR8EST nat security threat? Chafee-Middle East, O’Malley-climate, HRC-nuclear threats, Sanders-climate, Webb-China, cyberwarfare, Mid East
Liz Mair @LizMair
Jim Webb really, really is running in the wrong primary. He really is. #demdebate […] (Click here to read more.)
There were some good ones to be sure, and they summed up the debate well in their 140 characters or less…
One last thing that is important to note about the debate: despite Bernie’s claims, he could not be more wrong about those emails of Clinton’s. From Legal Insurrection:
Hillary Clinton supporters understandably are happy after last night’s debate. The motley crew of challengers on stage were incapable of stringing sentences together, much less taking on Clinton directly. Bernie Sanders’ demand that the media leave Hillary alone on her server also was a boost to her narrative of “nothing to see here, move along.”
But that good night masked the fact that in the real world, the server is a serious problem legally and politically. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
That it is, especially since President Obama is having to revise his comments about this serious issue after his Steve Kroft interview. Jacobsen at Legal Insurrection has more on that in the article quoted above. It is worth a read.
Bottom line is that the first debate is behind us, and honestly, I am glad I had the other thousands of things to do. How about you? What’s on your minds today? This is an Open Thread.