Due to competing responsibilities and the annoying difficulty of seeing the debate on-line (CNN seems insistent on subjecting you to preliminaries and clips of what they deemed to be highlights), I must confess to seeing only a snippet each of Clinton and Sanders, and I found Clinton to be so offputting that I could not subject myself to watching more. Her voice and manner were more hard-edged than in her previous performances, which is saying quite a lot.
While some of the usual suspects are declaring the event to be a win for Clinton, that depiction appears to be much less prevalent than in past debates. Most accounts instead seem to be focusing on the fact that Sanders and Clinton really mixed it up.
The long-form report I got is from a friend who is a keen social observer but also firmly anti-Clinton. She thought Sanders mopped up the floor with Clinton:
Every time she tried piling on with one of his popular positions, like saying she’d always been in favor of a $15 hour wage, he would come back with how her record said otherwise. “Bill could would have been able to triagulate better, but when Bernie called her out on her lies, she kept repeating things she’d said earlier. And the crowed booed when she lied. It was also clear that she’s an incrementalist, not just from her words, but from all of the ums and pauses when talking about her responses to Sanders-type proposals. And he called her out on Libya and hit her hard on her loyalty to Wall Street and her Goldman speeches and she didn’t have good answers.
And Bernie was the same old Bernie, your Jewish uncle who yells at you to take your feet off the coffee table, but louder, while she’s always pretended to be nice, and it was clear last night that that was a big act.
With all of that said, the Washington Post claimed that despite all the fireworks, the debate would not change anyone’s prior views. And it’s harder than usual to get a good reading from the Twittersphere tonight. So readers, over to you. For those of you who watched all or most of the debate, what is your take on how each candidate did?