A lot has happened since the Dems had their Saturday night show. The activities in Europe, and Paris, France in particular would probably change some of the answers given during the debate. Regardless, I think the Dems told their story, and it deserves to be covered.
The Democrats held a debate Saturday night on CBS a week ago. This was a prime time show that was hidden among all the footfall games and other prime time programming. The Democrats are doing all they can to protect Hillary from public exposure and smooth her way to the nomination. All the Democrat debates will be held on Saturday nights when people are doing other things. Their goal is the less exposure the better.
CBS did an outstanding job of diving into the issues. They didn’t call anyone a clown or tell any of the candidates they were unqualified to hold the office. What a difference with the way the networks treat the Republicans.
All three of the candidates came out against the Iraq War. Sanders was against it from the beginning, while Clinton said her vote in favor of the war was a mistake. This is the same Hillary who gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor as a new Senator before the vote on how she had seen the classified intelligence showing Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Her misinformation was developed during her husbands term in office, and was used by the new Republican Administration.
Hillary still struggled with what to call our enemy. Bernie Sanders talked the harshest against ISIS. He was far to the right of the other two when it came to the Middle East. Hillary was backing the Obama Administrations policy. Of course, Hillary was Secretary of State when that policy was developed. Martin OMalley was the most “mainstream” Democrat of the three.
The Democrats are stuck in a tough situation. Their leader, whose political machine they need for a general election run, has a set of policies that goes against the grain of the majority of Americans. The candidates must show support for the Administration to have a shot at keeping that support active in the fall campaign. Of course, those policies are very unpopular. Obama’s name will not be on the ballot, but he is certainly there.