POINTS OF COLOR: DEMOCRATIC DEBATE MY WAY

POINTS OF COLOR: DEMOCRATIC DEBATE

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Let’s go the video tape! In their first debate–on October 13th in Vegas–the Democratic presidential candidates experienced the joy of victory and the agony of defeat. There was Hillary, acting like she was already the winner, and had already avenged her loss to Obama in 2008. Bernie burned. He was a scalding avenging angel, while the television medium is cool. Former Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) andLincoln Chaffee (R-RI) were like special ed students. Webb was whiny and sulky; why didn’t anyone want to listen to him? And Chaffee was this far away from resurrecting Al Gore’s lock-box. Martin O’Malley, former Maryland Governor, scored a knockout: keeping focused on compassionately coping with income inequality and climate change and all the other things that are invisible to Republicans. O’Malley was Bernie without the fire and Hillary without a clitoris. In this Greek drama, will he be the God who denies the Golden Fleece to Hillary once more? Or is he a little short and a little late? The only way Bernie gets to play in the White House is if he succeeds in recreating what used to be known as the movement. Because voter turnout in the 2012 presidential election was an anemic 57.5% and in the 2014 midterms a shamefully low 36.3%. Those kind of numbers spell doom for the Democratic Socialist.
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