Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Crush Republican Stupidity in Latest Democratic Debate

With Bernie Sanders’ stunning upset in Michigan last night, tonight’s Democratic debate instantly became a whole lot more crucial for both candidates as each campaign gears up for a crucial stretch of states next Tuesday when voters from Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Missouri and Illinois go to the polls.

For Hillary Clinton, this debate was all about watching how she would bounce back from a very unexpected defeat. Meanwhile, Sanders was clearly trying to build on the momentum created by one of the biggest upsets in modern political history.

And coming off Sunday night’s debate when things got a little testy between the two, this was possibly the most must-see debate yet.

Let me start off by saying these questions tonight were absurd. They asked about Clinton’s emails, her trustworthiness, Benghazi and whether or not they thought Trump was a racist. Most of these questions were either “gotcha” questions or questions meant to get the two candidates to fight with one another. I was embarrassed watching it.

Personally, I thought Hillary Clinton did great. While she’s not as charismatic as Sanders, she’s much better at showing empathy and a range of emotions. Not to say that Sanders doesn’t show emotion, it’s just typically sort of angry and “mater of fact.” But Clinton I thought did extremely well in a debate where the questions seemed targeted at trying to “zing” her in some way. Hell, a clip from Fox News was played when Benghazi was brought up. Yet they didn’t ask a single time about socialism or Sanders’ version of “democratic socialism.” Which is strange considering that is the most controversial aspect of Sanders as a candidate and it will be attacked relentlessly in a general election. Yet it wasn’t mentioned once. Meanwhile, Clinton was hit on nearly every right-wing talking point that’s been used against her for the last several years.

That being said, Clinton handled herself very well. I think when immigration was brought up, she got the better of Sanders. A particularly harsh moment for Bernie came when they aired a clip of him saying the reason why he voted against immigration reform in 2007 was over his belief it would drive down wages. The problem is, this isn’t what he says now. When asked about it now, he cites the guest worker program that he often links to slave-like labor. Again, that’s not the reason he gave when asked about it back then.

But the great thing with Sanders is that he performs about the same during each of these debates. Rarely do you get many ups or downs from him during these. If there’s one thing Bernie Sanders is, he’s fairly consistent. At this point I’m not sure how someone could be “undecided” about him. If you liked him during the first debate then you probably liked him tonight.

Let me reiterate, the questions posed by the moderators tonight were ridiculous. Many of them sounded more like they were taken from a low-rung political blog than a legitimate network hosting a presidential debate. Sometimes all I could do is shake my head. When Benghazi was brought up, I literally started laughing.

I hope everyone enjoyed what we saw tonight, because we won’t see this level of maturity and adult behavior from Republicans tomorrow night. While there are moments when the two candidates got heated with one another (which is only natural this far into an election – no matter how much respect the two candidates have for one another), the disagreements are still professional.

And as I’ve said for months, as a Democrat, I’m looking at a race where we’re choosing between two great candidates. While they both have their flaws, they also both have their own unique strengths. At the end of the day, whoever ultimately wins the nomination, the Democratic party will be represented by a candidate who, on their worst day, is 1,000x’s better than any of the fools currently running for the Republican party.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Libertarianski

    Were freedom, liberty and the Constitution mentioned?

    • The Klandidate

      Please tell me all of the topics covered in a tRump speech. They usually go something like:

      We are XX in the polls
      We’re gonna start winning. We’re not gonna lose. We’re going to win.

      And idiot repubes think this is sound policy…..LMAO

    • The Klandidate

      I’m sure watching watching a democratic debate is something you need subtitles for since they don’t speak in monosyllabic terms and they actually discuss policies, not [email protected] sizes, who is fatter, who sweats more, who is ugly, etc…LMAO

      Maybe you can ask Rump to tell that joke about the two Corinthians again….that was a good one.

      • strayaway

        As a reminder, the last time Clintons were in the White House and before they stole the furniture, there was a discussion about Bill’s underwear and the use of cigars.

        All the same, I would prefer questions to the candidates of both parties about upholding (e.g.) the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 10th Amendments as well as the War Powers and Letters of Marque clauses of Article 1, Section 8 with reference to Libya, Syria, and Ukraine, Article 1, Section 1 in reference to imaginary executive powers, and some discussion of the presidential oath as it applies to the candidates.

      • The Klandidate

        Yeah sure….stole furniture. You bet. You are literally stupid enough to believe that internet memes are facts.

        There is no hope for you. Everything you believe is a lie.

      • strayaway

        According to the ABC News article “Clintons Return White House Furniture”- “Former President Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, have sent $28,000 worth of household goods back to Washington after questions arose over whether the items were intended as personal gifts or donations to the White House.

        “We have been informed that it is being shipped back, and the National Park Service is ready to receive it, take possession of it and take custody of it,” Jim McDaniel, the National Park Service’s liaison to the White House, said Wednesday.””After they were criticized for taking $190,000 worth of china, flatware, rugs, televisions, sofas and other gifts with them when they left, the Clintons announced last week that they would pay for $86,000 worth of gifts, or nearly half the amount.

        Their latest decision to send back $28,000 in gifts brings to $114,000 the value of items the Clintons have either decided to pay for or return.”

        That’s small potatoes though compared with the $675,000 Hillary was paid for her three Goldman Sachs speeches (Washington Post) or the $153M of speeches the Clintons were paid for between 2001 and when Hillary launched her campaign (CNN), or that “The grand total raised for all of their political campaigns and their family’s charitable foundation reaches at least $3 billion, according to a Washington Post investigation. (Washington Post).

      • tracey marie

        so they stole nothing.

      • strayaway

        It looks like they tried to steal but a settlement was worked out so they weren’t jailed for doing so. Why don’t you try doing something similar, taking home some furniture and silverware from the office, and see how it works out for you. They did return and pay for a lot of the property whatever that suggests. They just weren’t convicted.

      • tracey marie

        No, they took items they deemed to be personal gifts.

      • strayaway

        “they took items they deemed to be personal gifts.”

        That sounds like the excuses perps make after they are handcuffed and sitting in the back seats of police cars.

      • The Klandidate

        change subjects much? You are all over the place…..you literally make zero sense.

      • strayaway

        My first post was about 85% in response to the article. Then you challenged me on one point thereby demonstrating your ignorance or, alternatively, that you know more than ABC News. I think that how we got off track. I suspect that you are correct about my cited statistics not making sense to you.