Originally Posted by Nil October 14, 2015
Thoughts? I didn't watch that waste of time. I had more important things to do like stare at a wall and watch paint dry.
Well no shit policy/political elite have a different view from "real" americans. We follow this shit 24/7 and read politico and not USA Today. Not to say our view is better or worse, but definitely different.
I watched about half of it. Pundits say Hillary won because she got let off the hook on issues that should hurt her (emails, representing wall street, another
legacy candidate, ability to get republicans to work with democratic president). I agree with that assessment. She's a great debater and didn't have to defend herself much - just in time for a defanged benghazi hearing. Left no room for Biden to get in (he still can but I doubt people will be clamoring for him more than before).
I won't say Sanders won but his supporters will remain by his side. However, I can't imagine many moderates would feel inclined to look his direction instead of Clinton. I did hear the news though that 20 more people in some [small] focus group thought he did very well or won. So that jives with his support from the grassroots instead of establishmen - so nothing new for him, which is less than what he needed.
O'Malley really dropped the ball with not
attacking Clinton on the issues I put in parentheses (I loved her pointing out he endorsed her in 2008). If he really wanted to win or look like he had a decent shot, he needed to break out somehow. He didn't.
Chafee was awful almost painful to watch - especially on the glass-steagall/patriot act votes. So bizzarre, I'm not sure why he bothered to get out of bed that morning.
Webb - seemed like he had a tree branch up his ass.
Anyway $0.02 from a DC elitist.
PS - I personally think it's important to watch the debates. Tells you so much about each candidate, and you get to see their [and others] evolution. The 2nd Republican debate was great because I saw in real time Rubio and Fiorina wake up - momentum they're still riding now. If Bush wins the nomination, Clinton will eat him alive in the debates. She'd make Rubio look like a baby (although she coudln't do that to Obama). I'd love to see her against Fiorina or Cruz.
PPS - If you really think it's difficult to watch debates, do what we do here in DC. Go to a bar or a friend's house and get boozy. Tons of fun