Another Democratic debate on a weeknight! Will wonders never cease? Meanwhile, the Republicans have begun having theirs on Saturday nights. Did Debbie Wasserman-Schultz switch sides?
Anyway, here we are, just after we saw Bernie Sanders, Secret Service codename “Intrepid”, beat Hillary Clinton, codename “Evergreen”, in New Hampshire by more than twenty points. After only winning Iowa by a tiny margin—some precincts were literally decided by the toss of a coin—should the Clinton campaign be running scared?
No, not really. Next up is Nevada, and the Sanders campaign faces something of a reckoning here. Nevada is far more diverse than lily-white New Hampshire and Iowa, and Bernie has had trouble connecting with minority voters. Making things worse, there have been no public polls of Nevada since December, and only six in the entire past year. It’s a fair bet the campaigns have polled Nevada internally, and know more about the situation than we do, but we’re flying pretty blind into the Nevada caucus, coming next Saturday.
The Clinton campaign has been aggressively courting black voters, securing the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC (which is not the same thing as the Congressional Black Caucus, a couple members of which have endorsed Mr. Sanders). Today’s controversy revolves around Rep. John Lewis, a legitimate hero of the civil rights movement, more-or-less questioning Mr. Sanders’s involvement in that movement. “I never saw him, I never met him,” Mr. Lewis said dismissively.
Anything John Lewis has to say about the civil rights movement carries a lot of weight, but this is just not cool. Punching down, as they say. We know Bernie Sanders participated in the March on Washington; we know he was arrested for protesting segregated housing; we know he was involved with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and organized protests. John Lewis, of course, led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), marched next to Dr. King, was on the stage when Dr. King told us he had a dream, and was beaten nearly to death twice by police—and that’s just off the top of my head. Okay, we get it, and we love Mr. Lewis, but the implication that he’d have known every white Jewish guy who was there is just a cheap shot.
What was Hillary Clinton doing, then? Supporting Barry Goldwater’s campaign and being elected president of the Wellesley Young Republicans Club. Do we hold that against her?
When I write these things, I write the lead-in before the debate. I was sure the John Lewis thing would come up, because other debate moderators have asked about the current news cycle. It did not come up, to the credit of the PBS moderators.
So, okay. What did come up? Well, frankly, not a whole lot we haven’t heard over and over before. This was a boring debate; no one won, no one lost, no one did anything that I suspect will affect Nevada or the election as a whole. In a way, that’s a semi-loss for Bernie, as he’s going to need all the help he can get in Nevada and South Carolina (I expect Hillary to win South Carolina by a fair margin), though Bernie’s performance was strong.
We heard yet again that Mr. Sanders wants to move toward single-payer health care, while Mrs. Clinton doesn’t want to “start over” with the whole contentious debate and would rather build on the Affordable Care Act. “We both share the goal of universal health care,” Mrs. Clinton said. “Before it was called Obamacare it was called Hillarycare.” We’ve heard almost this exact exchange several times before.
We heard yet again from Mrs. Clinton that the Sanders proposals will be expensive and she doesn’t see how they can be paid for. We heard yet again Mr. Sanders counter with how he intends to pay for it. We heard yet again Mr. Sanders assert that a college degree today is equivalent to a high-school diploma fifty or sixty years ago, and that public college should therefore be tuition-free. We heard yet again about multinational corporations stashing money overseas.
Mrs. Clinton was asked about the quote from Madeleine Albright that there is a “special place in Hell” for women who don’t support other women. She declined to say whether she agrees with the statement.
Mr. Sanders was asked if he worried that he was thwarting history by opposing what would be the first woman president. “I think a Sanders victory would be of some historical accomplishment, as well,” he replied, but he was talking about his background and his views—he (wisely, if you ask me) didn’t mention that he would be the first Jewish president. Let people figure that out on their own.
We heard yet again about systemic racism, on which both candidates fall over themselves to say they agree with everything the other said.
At one point, the candidates were asked if there are any areas of government they would like to reduce. Both of them talked about waste, about redundant programs, about streamlining. Mr. Sanders talked about waste and inefficiencies in the Department of Defense, but nothing specific.
I was not invited to participate in this debate, but if I were, my answer would be: “Yes, the TSA,” followed by a pause for raucous cheers from the audience. I can’t believe no one goes that route.
In the foreign policy section, we also heard a lot of the same old stuff. But we did get a weird exchange about Henry Kissinger. “I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend,” Mr. Sanders said, citing his actions in Cambodia that set the stage for “one of the worst genocides in the history of the world.” And thus, we got a couple bizarre minutes of Hillary Clinton defending Mr. Kissinger, citing his opening up of relations with China. Mr. Sanders countered, pointing out that yes, Henry Kissinger did open up relations with China, and now American jobs have gone to China.
Bernie Sanders wants to expand Social Security by lifting the payroll tax cap on income over $250k per year. Hillary Clinton agrees that “we need more money going into the Social Security system,” but does not seem to support lifting the cap. Instead, her boost would come merely from taxing passive income as well as payroll income. Then, rather than expanding benefits for everyone, she would “prioritize those recipients who need the most help first.”
No one said the words, but Mrs. Clinton just endorsed the idea of means-testing Social Security benefits. That would be a fundamental change to the nature of Social Security itself, and, from a liberal standpoint, not a positive change.
The Sanders plan, of simply lifting the payroll tax cap (and also including passive income) would save Social Security and fully fund it for decades to come.
The most contentious exchange came at the end of the debate. Remember, we’re going into the first states with sizable minority populations, and President Obama’s approval rating among black Americans is sky-high. Mrs. Clinton accused Mr. Sanders of not being supportive of Barack Obama.
He said Obama failed the presidential leadership test, he said Obama was weak, he said voters should have buyer’s remorse. “I couldn’t disagree more,” she said.
“The kind of criticism that we’ve heard from Senator Sanders about our president I expect from Republicans,” Mrs. Clinton said, “I do not expect from someone running for the Democratic nomination to succeed President Obama.”
Mr. Sanders responded: “Madam Secretary, that is a low blow.” He praised the president’s record, given the situation he inherited, and said that he still reserves the right to disagree with the president, including one who has done a great job. He called it “really unfair” to suggest that he hasn’t been supportive of the president.
Mrs. Clinton said that calling him “weak” and a “disappointment” goes further than saying they have a disagreement, that they are personal attacks she finds troubling.
“One of us ran against Barack Obama,” Mr. Sanders replied. “I was not that candidate.”
They were asked what leaders would influence their decisions. Mr. Sanders cited Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, in the latter case noting that he disagrees with Sir Winston’s politics but praising him as a wartime leader. Mrs. Clinton agreed on FDR and also cited Nelson Mandela.
There was a lot more blah-blah-blah that we’ve heard before. I won’t rehash it because nothing of note happened.
Much has been made of young people overwhelmingly supporting Bernie Sanders. I’m not sure they know who Henry Kissinger or Winston Churchill are.
“Hopefully after the 2016 election, some of the Republicans will come to their senses and realize we are not going to deport 11 or 12 million people in this country, and they will work with me to get comprehensive immigration reform.” —Hillary
“Here’s my promise: At the end of my first term as president, we will not have more people in jail than any other country.” —Bernie
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