During the very boring liberal lovefest of the first Democratic presidential debate there was very little that could be called surprising or shocking. With CNN deciding to format the debate in a way in which there would be no direct conflicts between candidates there was little opportunity for fireworks. So it was without surprise that Hillary dominated the debate and had the liberal audience screaming with joy at every sigh and smirk.
It was not surprising that former Governor O’Malley of Maryland and former Virginia Senator Webb (Flip Flopping Lincoln Chafee isn’t even worth mentioning) did nothing to bring their campaigns out of mediocrity. The only thing they really could have done would be to publicly call out Hillary Clinton on her dishonesty and only Chafee, who has no traction at all, made even a slight attempt at that during the debate. O’Malley and Webb seemed to understand that if they even attempted to draw any blood from Clinton’s weaknesses that the liberal crowd would boo them into submission. Neither seems to really want the job of president. So they’ve achieved their goal of becoming a minor footnote in history.
So with no opportunities for anything surprising coming from the other candidates, it was up to Bernie Sanders to bring any life into this debate. But he came at Hillary with padded gloves during every opportunity for conflict during the debate. And his biggest cheers came when he said the only shock of the night…he said that everyone is tired of hearing about the ‘damn emails’ and wants to hear about “the real issues.”
This is a standard line for any politician who is trying to get the media to stop talking about a scandal. It is highly unusual for the lead competitor of such a candidate to make such a statement. Regardless of who is making the statement, it is disgraceful. Is Bernie Sanders really saying that we should ignore a lack of integrity and willful breaking of the law? Is he really saying that we should ignore the intentional breach of national security because he thinks people are tired of hearing about it?
Hillary Clinton did not return the favor, coming at Sanders strongly on what she called a weakness of his when it comes to gun control. She attacked him on socialism saying she believed in the power of small business, a cornerstone of capitalism.
Not that she had much competition in the first place, but all of the other candidates might as well throw in the towel after this debate. They’ve shown they will not seriously go after Hillary Clinton, an already very damaged candidate. If they are not going to even try to engage her on lying, her “I play by different rules” attitude and her use of her position as Secretary of State to make the Clinton Foundation gobs of money in direct violation of the law. If they aren’t going to bring up her failure and her cover up in the Benghazi disaster. If they aren’t going to say that America deserves a better leader than one most associated with the word “Liar”, then they do not deserve a chance to be President either. America can do better than the whole lot of them.