Totally random thoughts about the debate.
* I spent the whole night wondering if anyone would call out Hillary Clinton on her alleged pro-green-energy position and her fighting-climate-change platform by pointing out how much money she’s taken from the fossil fuel industry.
* I very much respect Jim Webb’s service to this country. But someone needs to tell him that not everything in the world is about the military.
* Hillary Clinton used the phrase “God-given” three times. Dog whistle. Yes, we get it. Bernie’s a Jew, a minority religion. And possibly an atheist. But the point of a dog-whistle is to be *subtle*.
* Lincoln Chafee and Richard Dawkins could be brothers.
* If anybody remembers Admiral Jim Stockdale’s pitiful performance in the 1992 vice presidential debate, that’s how bad Jim Webb was. Maybe they’re not teaching debate in Annapolis?
* Bernie Sanders scoring points off of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal by defending her instead of attacking her is one of the shrewdest pieces of political jujitsu I’ve seen in a long time.
* The candidate that whines the most about not having enough time/attention from the moderators is always the sure loser. Jim Webb for the Loss again.
* That said, I really wanted to know if Jim Webb ever smoked pot. I thought they were going to ask everyone.
* Nobody knows what Glass-Steagall is, policy wonks. We do need to reinstate it. But it’s not the homerun winning issue you think it is, Martin O’Malley.
* Whose idea was it to schedule this against Mets-Dodgers? Another Debbie Wasserman Schultz conspiracy to keep people from watching in case Hillary falters?
* Lincoln Chafee went to the weaksauce “but everyone else was voting for it” excuse not once, but twice! Twice!
* Anderson Cooper, you’re not Jon Stewart. Please don’t try to be funny.
* Hillary Clinton scores some major points defending a woman’s right to choose. People rose to their feet. Then she deflated every bit of it by refusing to support across-the-board marijuana legalization. The disappointment in the room was palpable.
* Why didn’t Hillary Clinton have to choose between “black lives matter” and “all lives matter”?
* Yeah, the grid thing. 2050. An admirable goal, but the framing of the issue is a little heady and 2050 seems pretty remote.
* That said, O’Malley really hit home with me when he pointed out that nobody denigrated blacks, Latinos or religious minorities at this debate, unlike at the Republican Debate.
* Did anyone besides me notice that Hillary Clinton— the only woman Democrat running for president— got the question about Carly Fionrina— the only woman Republican running for president?
* Yeah, CNN tried to “gotcha” Bernie Sanders on that immigration vote question. You don’t “gotcha” Bernie Sanders. You just don’t. And the fact that he voted against the so-called “guest worker program” because it would effectively turn immigrants into non-unionized super-cheap slave labor? That actually matters.
* I really wish Mark Russell was still doing his thing on PBS.