In case you missed the debate, you can check out a minute by minute recap of last night’s first Democratic Debate complete with fact checks and analysis here, http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/follow-live-democrats-face-first-2016-primary-debate-n443936 , so I won’t bore you with the play by play analysis. Many Americans who watched the debate last night were left thinking that the DNC needed to change it’s familiar ass logo to an owl, citing that once you got past Clinton and Sanders, you just kept saying to yourself, “who?”.
While Joe Biden sat back and hoped that Clinton would make a mistake and afford him an “in” with this election, she was sure to disappoint him by delivering a flawless, well rehearsed, evening of ridiculing the Republican party while still focusing on key issues for Democrats in this election year. Clinton began the evening by saying, “Tonight I want to talk, not about my emails, but about what the American people want from the next president of the United States”. Leaving an opening for Bernie Sanders to reply, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about the damn emails!”, which received a huge round of applause.
In my opinion it was Bernie Sanders that stole the show, at least in the eyes of the American people, last night.
While all the candidates attacked the looming hot topic of climate change and the political and environmental reasons it needed to be addressed, Bernie hit home by taking it a step further and calling it a “moral issue” of responsibility and citing “if we continue the path w are on and do nothing, the world we leave our children and grandchildren may be uninhabitable”. Sentiments which strike deeply, not only with Liberals and progressives, but with conservative Americans and family values.
While Clinton and the other candidates went on and on about themselves and their important, though questionable, records in office, Clinton even pandering to the female vote by articulating that she “is an outsider in this election as the first female presidential candidate” and that she “wouldn’t ask anyone to vote for me because of my last name”. Instead, Sanders used these moments to reiterate his anti-Wall Street and anti-Big Pharma sentiments and drive home the point that current government, including some of those on stage, were responsible for the very success that these 2 entities enjoy in America and further contribute to the “1%’s” increased financial success and the destruction of the American Middle Class. He ended his 2 minutes with,”In my view, Congress does not regulate Wall Street. Wall Street regulates Congress.”, eliciting a near standing ovation from the crowd and scorned looks from Hillary Clinton.
When asked what “revolution” looks like, Sanders said America needs more political participation from it’s citizenry and more people united against money in politics. When told by a moderator, “Secretary Clinton just said that her plan is stronger than yours.”, Sanders looked at Clinton and laughed saying, “Not true”. Pressed for details about his plans to make America great again, Sanders spoke on expanding access to quality education to all Americans, getting access to free college education and greater training for skill specific jobs, expanding job growth by revitalizing our economy, and stabilizing the inequities that create the healthcare disaster in America, such as cracking down on pharmaceutical companies and Wall Street.
No matter what you took away from these debates, or where you stand for, or against, Democrats, it’s easy to see how Bernie Sanders continues to draw large crowds and even easier to see why it is he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.