Have you ever been to a debate?
It’s kind of surreal in that it’s a real production.
Where will they stand?
Who gets the first question?
What do we ask?
How will they answer?
How do we follow up?
How do we keep them on time?
How will the audience react?
It is exhausting; especially considering how debates are covered right now with the lead up almost like a pregame show to the Super Bowl.
This Democratic debate, however, was different in that it was intended to be more substantive.
Unlike the Republican debates the Democratic candidates made an unwritten pact to not name call, to be civil.
There was also some very substantive issues being discussed… like, Black Lives Matter.
“Do black lives matter or do all lives matter? Black lives matter.. and the reason those words matter is because African Americans.. Sandra Bland… Institutional racism from top to bottom.”
Hillary Clinton very simply telling why her presidency would be different than any other.
“I think being the first woman president would be quite a change from presidents we’ve had up until this point including President Obama.”
But I’m sure you know who the most memorable moment of the evening came from?
None other than Bernie Sanders:
Let me say this. Let me say – let me say something that may not be great politics, but I think the secretary is right and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails.
HILLARY CLINTON: Thank you. Me too. Me too. [AUDIENCE ROARS AND APPLAUDS]
SANDERS: You know, the middle class, Anderson, and let me say something about the media as well. I go around the country, talk to a whole lot of people. Middle class in this country is collapsing. We have 27 million people living in poverty. We have massive wealth and inequality. Our trade policies have cost us millions of decent jobs. The American people want to know whether we’re going to have a democracy or an oligarchy as a result of Citizens United. Enough of the e-mails. Let’s talk about the real issues facing America. [AUDIENCE ROARS AND APPLAUDS]
CLINTON: Thank you, Bernie. Thank you. [LAUGHS]
That moment played well in that room and around the country.
It played well with Democrats too, except for the ones who are running against Hillary Clinton.
What Sanders did in that moment was essentially remove from the table one of, if not the main issue which could keep Clinton from being elected, emails.
That means the other candidates have no “not trustworthy” ammunition; and that includes Joe Biden.