Last night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was the best debate so far, from either party. It was fiery, it was full of specifics, and it was informative. It wasn’t perfect in the sense of I wanted more specifics on policies.
Yet, I got a whole lot more specifics on policies than the Republicans have given us in total from their debates. As a matter of fact, they haven’t given us any specifics on anything.
Maybe this debate was so good because there were only two debaters. Maybe it was because the two moderators were actually intelligent, asked intelligent questions, and then let the two debate.
There were some dull moments. I wasn’t too impressed with the “progressive” label fight. I consider both progressive and each offer more to move the country ahead than any of the other sides’ ideas.
The other day I said I wasn’t sure which of the two I was willing to support. I still haven’t made up my mind on that, but in honesty, Hillary did more to earn my support than Bernie.
Bernie Sanders sounded too much like a one or two issue candidate. With all of the problems facing our country, I expected more from him than a repeat of those simple issues.
Yes, I agree Wall Street has too much power. I agree that we need Campaign Finance Reform, but there are a lot more problems facing us, and quite frankly I thought Bernie had a problem talking about anything else.
Sanders seemed to really struggle when it came to Foreign Policy. He did point out one thing about veterans that I have said many times here. The quality of treatment veterans get from the VA is top rated. The satisfaction rating from veterans about treatment is the highest in the Health Industry.
The problem with the VA is that they don’t have enough resources to treat all of the veterans that need it. On the reverse side, Republicans are not interested in improving the quantity of health services to veterans by the VA, they simply want to eliminate the agency and give us vouchers that won’t cover the total cost of treatment that the VA does.
A lot of Democrats seemed to be worried about the so-called email scandal hanging over Hillary Clinton. I am not that worried about it. Especially when you consider that Colin Powell also used personal email for business. That came out the other day.
Nor am I all that interested in the “speaking fees” Hillary Clinton received from any group including Goldman Sachs. She may have been planning to run for office, but she wasn’t in office at the time. Speaking fees are part of the game. If a company or organization wants you to speak at a function, they pay you for your time. Those fees are usually more exorbitant the higher your profile.
Speaking fees are different from campaign contributions. So, that “issue” isn’t of any interest to me. That interest may change if Goldman Sachs would throw huge amounts of money at Clinton to win the election. I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
There are a lot of things that were at least mentioned that you won’t hear tomorrow night. Things like clean energy. The Flint Water Crisis. An actual plan on how to fight ISIS.
You may agree or disagree with what was said, but at least they were said. There wasn’t any fear mongering going on, and there wasn’t any hate spread. That was refreshing by itself.
This race is really about what each candidate is going to do. What policies they are going to follow and what their “agenda” is going to be. To me, Sanders needs to expound more on other topics about his policies and agenda. Sanders has an advantage in that he is loved by young voters. I hope that love continues throughout the full campaign right up through November.
Overall, this was an informative debate. It allowed us to see how each candidate would try to implement their policies. It allowed us to see the real differences between the two. It didn’t give us all of the answers, but hopefully they will come out in the upcoming debates.
What is really important is that the Democrats were finally “forced” to allow more debates and that is to our advantage. If you plan to watch tomorrow night’s debate from the other side, I am willing to bet you won’t hear as much detail as you did last night.
The Democrat primary race is going to be tough. I am sure that accusations and attack ads will increase from both sides. These additional debates will help us determine which candidate should be the standard-bearer for the Democratic Party. In that vein, we all win.
Finally, kudos to Rachael Maddow and Chuck Todd. They showed Fox News just how a debate should be conducted. Not that anyone at Fox News paid any attention.