Cooper asked which enemy they were most proud of.
Chafee cited the coal lobby. O’Malley cited the NRA. Clinton said the NRA, the healthcare companies, the drug companies, the Iranians and the Republicans. Sanders said Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry.
Webb cited an enemy soldier he killed.
The closing statements came and went.
Chafee rattled off the liberal laundry list. He reiterated that in 30 years he had no scandals. Webb wants a national political strategy. He did not say what that was or what he meant.
O’Malley called Republicans racist, sexist bigots.
Sanders wants his revolution against the billionaire class.
Clinton praised her own tenacity and spoke about her mom.
The big winners of this debate were Vladimir Putin, the mullahs in Iran, ISIS, radical Islamists everywhere, other terrorists everywhere and anyone wanting to destroy Israel. The Jewish state was not mentioned once in the 150-minute gabbathon. Radical Islam also was not mentioned.
Of the five candidates, Jim Webb looked more wooden than Al Gore. He may have taken tranquilizers before the debate.
Lincoln Chafee looked like a middle management executive working in the bland marketing department at average nondescript Caucasian Monthly Magazine.
Martin O’Malley had his lips glued to Hillary Clinton’s posterior. He looked weak, even by Democrat standards.
If Webb was on downers, Sanders and Clinton were clearly on uppers. Sanders and Clinton kept trying to out-yell each other. While normal America may or may not see them as screaming lunatics, the partisan leftist crowd in the debate hall loved it. They played to the few hundred wealthy liberals able to get access to the debate. They did not appeal to the many Americans who are hurting. They blamed Bush because that is all they are able to do.
Since this is a Democratic primary debate, those who entered ahead stayed that way.
If Vice President Joe Biden was hoping for an epic Clinton collapse so he could enter the presidential race, that did not happen.
This debate benefitted Sanders and Clinton in the primary. In the general election, Karl Rove will have plenty of campaign material for Republican commercials. Democrats moved hard left on this night, abandoning the center altogether.