LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14, 2015 — The Democratic Party had its first 2016 presidential debate live from Sin City. Five rich elderly Caucasians came together to see who could scream the loudest and make the most promises that cannot be fulfilled.
For those looking for substance, the Republicans will have another debate soon enough. For those who believe in free everything for everybody paid for by the wealthy, the Democrats are for you.
Anderson Cooper did a fairly decent job as the lead moderator. He actually asked legitimate questions. He did not waste time with the fluff of what soda, food, and television shows the candidates watched.
The opening statements came and went.
Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee attacked President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and the Iraq War. He also went after Hillary Clinton. “In 30 years, I’ve had no scandals.”
Former Virginia Sen. Webb spoke about the corrupting influence of money in politics, which is usually the complaint of people who do not have any money. He then spoke about his daughter’s being a massage therapist, which may have had something to do with a point he may have been making in a rambling, incoherent opening statement.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley called himself a “lifelong Democrat,” a dig at the former Republican Chafee. He praised President Barack Obama. He spoke of people making less money than they were 12 years ago, neglecting to mention that Democrats owned the White House for the last seven years.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke about “unprecedented crises.” He spoke about climate change, which white liberals care about. He spoke about campaign finance reform, which virtually nobody cares about. Even white liberals find the topic boring. He believes we should put more money into education and not incarceration so that criminals can run free. He did not mention radical Islam.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned being secretary of state but did not say a single thing she did as secretary. She wants to invest in everything, which means spend money we do not have. She rattled off a laundry list of typical liberal pet projects.
Anderson Cooper asked Clinton why she keeps flip-flopping and if she will “say anything to get elected.” She said she is capable of absorbing new information. He asked again if she changes her positions for political expediency. She said no. Asked if she was a progressive or a moderate, she said she was “a progressive who likes to get things done.” She did not say what she has ever done.
Sanders gave a defense of Democratic socialism. Like Clinton, he favors paid family leave but cannot say how he will pay for it. When Sanders mentioned Denmark, Cooper noted that Denmark has less than 6 million people. Asked about electability, Sanders claimed he can bring out new voters. He said he was not a capitalist.
Hillary said we should save capitalism from itself. She attacked and defended it simultaneously.