Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Blogging the Democratic Debate!

Evening, folks - it's the night of the last Democratic Party Presidential debate before the Iowa Caucuses on February 1 and I couldn't be any more giddy with excitement. The DNC has done its level best to dissuade people from watching these debates scheduling them on Saturday nights and evenings before major holidays when NFL playoff games and "Downton Abbey" are going on. Still - I'm here tonight Feeling the Bern and blogging. It's snowing outside but I'm warm and toasty inside The Cottage. I hope you'll join me for all the political banter tonight.

53 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm Berning Up here at The Cottage with less than half an hour to go until the big debate. I'm watching the pre-match show on MSNBC. The main event is on NBC at 9pm. Come on by!

8:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The candidates are coming out on stage now. Go Bernie Go!

8:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The coverage has started on NBC now, with Chuckie Todd doing the preliminaries.

8:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lester Holt is kicking us off with the opening statements from the candidates, beginning with Hillary Clinton.

9:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Bernie's turn - it looks like he's got a fresh haircut. Nice on, Bern!

9:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Martin O'Malley's turn - Martin who?

9:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now all the candidates are being asked for their top priorities. Sanders says Wall Street reform, the minimum wage and crumbling infrastructure.

9:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Clinton: creating new jobs, clean and renewable energy, equal pay for women. She wants to build upon the ACA.

9:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Holt is asking Sanders to respond to Clinton's charge about being a reliable vote for the gun lobby. He does a great job responding, hitting all of the major points. He just needs to close the daylight on this issue.

9:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Clinton now really going for the throat on the issue. The quicker this one goes by, the better.

9:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now on to the issue of police violence. Clinton is asked about Black Lives Matter. This is another strong topic for her.

9:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here's the first YouTube clip question. The first question involves the Black Lives Matter movement.

9:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very strong response to the Tamir Rice case.

9:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We hit the first tv commercials. The topics haven't favored Sanders yet, with most of them directed toward Clinton's strong areas (guns and race).

9:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's better. Now Clinton is asked whether her characterization of Sanders as wanting to kill the ACA. She waffles.

9:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Awesome! Sanders points out that Clinton didn't answer the question.

9:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bernie's getting fiery now - yowsa!

9:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another great point from Bernie - he cuts against Hillary's hatred for Republicans and states that the real problem is that Congress is owned by corporations.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're letting Hillary go on and on. Martin O'malley isn't getting any time, and Bernie has to fight for time.

9:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

He's killing Hillary (and O'Malley) on the issue of Superpacs.

9:43 PM  
Blogger West Ham Rising said...

Just tuned in on Youtube . . . Bernie throwing haymakers and Hillary ducking and weaving with the soft jabs. Is MOM playing the referee?

9:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was a much stronger section, with Sanders really rocking Clinton back on her feet. Great stuff!

9:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, WHR - great to hear from you. I thought that the first section of the debate - on guns and race - really played into Clinton's hands. But the second segment allowed Sanders to score a lot of points. The crowd sounds partisan Clinton to me but Sanders is getting lots of applause too.

9:50 PM  
Blogger West Ham Rising said...

While we are on commercial, how did Leeds do this weekend?

9:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good - Clinton is hanging her hat on Dodd-Frank.

9:54 PM  
Blogger West Ham Rising said...

Interesting line here. Hillary tying herself to Obama.

9:54 PM  
Blogger West Ham Rising said...

You are right. Crowd seems pro-Clinton.

9:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ah - we lost 2-0 away to Sheffield Wednesday. That's two losses on the trot for us, but against superior opposition. We lost to Ipswich in mid-week.

9:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is really weak terrain for HRC.

9:56 PM  
Blogger West Ham Rising said...

Why is MOM on stage? It makes no sense.

9:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now O'Malley is taking some swings at HRC - excellent!

9:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Agreed - he should be back in Baltimore.

9:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pathetic - now HRC is having to try to attack Sanders on taxes and fiscal responsibility.

10:03 PM  
Blogger West Ham Rising said...

Have prior Democratic debates been this contentious among the candidates?

10:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another YouTube question - this time on climate change. Another great one for Sanders.

10:07 PM  
Blogger West Ham Rising said...

OOOO, a cartoon!

10:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No - the first two were really chummy. But HRC has gotten increasingly more desperate as Sanders' numbers have held and/or improved. I think she's being visited the Ghost of Campaigns Past now. This smells like 2008.

10:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great line about Trump thinking that Climate Change is a hoax invented by the Chinese. Bernie is killing it!

10:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Next up after the ads - foreign policy. Could get spicy.

10:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back and Sanders gets the first question about Iran. This is strong terrain for him.

10:17 PM  
Blogger West Ham Rising said...

Not going to be able to post for a bit . . . Kat and Maggie watching with me now.

10:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Is the whole family watching? Cool!

10:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bernie is killing it on the issue of regime change and Iraq.

10:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great - HRC was forced into a position of not fully supporting Obama's Iran deal. She's clearly running to the right of Obama on foreign policy.

10:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Holt is taking a poke on HRC on the issue of Putin.

10:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now another YouTube question - privacy v. security. Another good one for Sanders.

10:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sanders gets a chance to take a shot at the PATRIOT ACT, which HRC voted for in the Senate.

10:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now HRC is being asked about the role that Bill Clinton will play. She plays it off playfully.

10:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sanders rises above the muck by saying that he's going to stick to the issues and not talk about Bill Clinton.

10:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Closing remarks now.

10:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

MOM rambles on about a number of issues that no one is interested in. He also plays the ref, complaining about the lack of time he's gotten tonight.

10:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Clinton ends on the water issue in Flint, Michigan. That's a strong one.

10:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And that wraps it up. I'm not sure that anyone was watching that one but if they were, Sanders did well by them. I couldn't be more excited about his prospects for Iowa in a couple of weeks. Bring it on!

10:54 PM  

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