Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Real Losers in Last Night's Debate

There is no doubt that the moment that resonated across American during last night's Democratic debate was when Bernie Sanders said, "The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails. Enough of emails."

Sure...Hillary Clinton did a good job of explaining her positions and Bernie Sanders revved up the anger about income inequality. But the biggest smack-down of the night came at the expense of the media's obsession with the minutia about email servers and the nervous nellies in the Democratic Party who have been so worried about whether or not that kind of obsession would define this race.

We were once again reminded that on too many occasions, the D.C. media is a bubble unto itself and those who allow themselves to be trapped in their prevarications can lose touch with what voters are actually thinking. Sanders' point not only drew a standing ovation from those in attendance, it reverberated across the internet with the most common reaction being, "Finally...someone heard us!"

And so, the real losers in last night's debate are those who thought that the American public actually cares more about the drip-drip of a non-scandal than things like raising the minimum wage, making college more affordable, dealing with the crisis of gun violence, immigration reform and the many other issues these candidates came to talk about. We can only hope that those who bought into that idea learned their lesson.

1 comment:

  1. This is why I wanted Bernie up there. Not simply to hold Clinton's feet to the fire but to put the focus back on the things people care about and away from the trivialities.

    I heard a good comment last night that I think was spot on: Bernie isn't in this race to win the Presidency. He's in it to win the debate. Not this specific debate but the debate over the future of this country. I suspect that Bernie would be happy to lose the nomination if he can steer the debate away from trivialities like email-ghazi and towards income inequality and climate change.