Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Debate

I watched about thirty minutes of it before Morpheus took me away, so I’m going through my feeds to see what the Very Serious People and the pundits think as well as bloggers and watchers have to say about what went down in Las Vegas last night.

The initial reaction is that Hillary Clinton kicked ass, Bernie Sanders was good when he was talking about his favorite topics such as income inequality but didn’t do well on foreign policy, Martin O’Malley didn’t embarrass himself (sucking up for VP?), and those other two guys, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chaffee, were bookends.  That’s pretty much the impression I had from the first half-hour and the re-run on CNN (By the way, it’s on Channel 28 on basic cable in Miami-Dade County.  Who knew?)

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, wrote on Facebook:

But I was struck by the chasm that exists between these thoughtful Democrats and the Republican candidates, whose debates have been embarrassing displays of ignorance, bigotry, and bravado.

So, did you watch?  What did you think?  More importantly, did your opinion change about any of the candidates?

3 barks and woofs on “The Debate

  1. Yes, I watched and was impressed by the attitude of the candidates; a positive attitude! They can fix problems and not rush into war. I thought former governor O’Malley was very articulate. However, I think Hillary won the night and Bernie came in about 5 lengths behind her.

  2. Watched it all. Best reaction I saw was Andy Borowitz: “Instant reaction to ‪#‎DemDebate‬: I didn’t agree with everything that was said, but unlike the ‪#‎GOPDebates‬, I felt comfortable with these people being free to roam among us.”

    Hillary clearly won, and was the most “presidential” of the candidates. Good command of the issues, clear debate skills, and just enough humor to make her real. She cauterized the bleeding in her campaign very effectively. Bernie was very good, but he seemed old, coming off as “strident” at inappropriate times and he stumbled on some foreign policy areas. O’Malley didn’t embarrass himself, and seemed “vice-presidential”. Chaffee repeatedly stumbled and said dumb stuff. His “I was new” answer was pathetic. Webb actually seemed like he’d be more comfortable on the Republican stage… same kind of rhetoric — and solid dose of the “crazy uncle” stuff.

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