It was so boring and insipid they cut it short.
That’s the best summary of Sunday night’s Democratic Debate.
The final question was something like “What would you bring up that we didn’t?” and then it was over – seven minutes early.
We were looking for the top ten best moments from the debate, but – like the debate itself – we had to cut it short.
Here are the top eight most interesting, informative or just idiotic moments of the debate
- So “Black Lives” don’t “Matter” anymore?
After being repeatedly prodded and poked by the media to repeat the “Black Lives Matter” phrase, it was nowhere to be found at the debate. They made comments about how racist police officers were, how racist the courts were and Hillary made an idiotic call for a federal case anytime anybody is killed by police, but not one of them uttered the infamous “Black Lives Matter” phrase. Did they finally realize it might be a little off-putting to folks who aren’t black? Perhaps.
- Hillary LOVES the Iran Sanctions – Now.
One of the biggest whoppers of the night is Hillary’s claim that she helped craft the sanctions that led to the Iran nuclear deal. This is pure fiction. While Secretary of State, Clinton repeatedly opposed sanctions on Iran. She’s lying to take credit for a wildly unpopular deal with a rogue nation. Genius tactical move, Hillary.
- Hey! Over here!
Gov. Martin O’Malley managed to get some comments in, but it was about how awesome his home state of Maryland is – which it decidedly isn’t. His most inane comment, though, was when he said that nobody from Wall Street has donated money to his campaign this year. Of course, the year is only 17 days old and O’Malley has about as much support for President as a fictional candidate, so even loyal Dems in the audience got a chuckle at that one.
- Defending the unpopular.
When Bernie Sanders railed against Hillary for taking millions from the big banks – in speaking fees, campaign contributions, money to her foundation – Clinton reacted with by telling us that Obama too, took campaign money and she’ll be damned if she’ll sit here and let you insult President Obama! or some such nonsense. If she thinks that hopping on the Obama train is the way to win, she’s delusional.
- Demonizing the popular.
All the candidates railed against he National Rifle Association. I have a “D-minus” grade from the NRA! And Oh yeah!? I have and “F” grade from the NRA! That nonsense might fly with their Democratic base, but with the NRA more popular than Obama it makes for a great soundbite in the general election.
- “What did you say, sonny?”
When a question was asked via YouTube, Bernie couldn’t hear it – Was his hearing aid turned off? Was he napping? – and Lester Holt had to repeat it word-for-word. It illustrates the age of these candidates.
I hate when my grandparents argue. #demdebate
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 18, 2016
- Bernie dodges the question.
Like all Democrats apparently, Bernie was unable to explain the difference between a “Democratic Socialist,” which he claims to be and an ordinary “Democrat.” He was asked to explain and went on a tirade against – yup! – big banks and Wall Street.
For the record – again – a socialist is just a Democrat who sticks to his convictions. Don’t call yourself a “Socialist” unless you’re going to be intellectually honest about what it means.
- And the real winner is: Donald Trump.
Nowadays, one can gauge a candidate’s popularity amongst millennials and younger voters by how many “Twitter” followers they gain. Yes, it’s silly, but apparently it matters. During the debate – the Democratic debate, the candidate who had the second biggest growth in followers was Donald Trump.
— Twitter Government (@gov) January 18, 2016
That’s right. Democrats were given two hours to demonize and disparage Republican candidates and for all their bellyaching, they managed to push even more people to his campaign. Trump only lost out to Bernie Sanders for gaining the most followers – but he beat Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley – which says something about the believability of their narrative – especially to younger voters.