Democrat Debate: 5 Things We Learned


Democrat presidential candidates finally received their opportunity to expose themselves to the American public yesterday in the first aired debate.

While the GOP field already has three debates under its belt, Tuesday night marked the first time Hillary Clinton was forced to faceoff against Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee. There’s something to be said about this group kicking off their debate season in Las Vegas — a place where the odds often favor the house.

After the debate, did any candidate gain any ground in their quest to end Hillary’s “lock” of a nomination?

1. Considering the Democrats sell themselves as the “big tent” diversity crowd, the group of Oval Office wannabes looked pretty old and white while peddling the same stale Progressive/Socialist policies. Consider the GOP field offering Dr. Ben Carson (African-American), Bobby Jindal (Indian-American), two candidates of Latino decent (Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz) and a female in Carly Fiorina.

2. Sure was nice of Sanders to absolve Clinton of her email scandal: “The American people are sick of hearing about your emails.” Actually Bernie, we’re sick of Hillary lying about the emails while we wait to see if she’s above the law or not. Guess the FBI can wrap up their case studying her homemade email server. What is it with Democrats and their self-imposed absolution? As Clinton declared during the Benghazi hearings: “What does it matter?”

3. Sanders is not afraid to admit he’s a Socialist, but tried to split hairs by saying he’s a Democratic Socialist like those found in Denmark and Norway. Leftists love to cite Scandinavian countries — some with populations lower than many of our own states — as examples for successful Socialism. Basically “statism” is “statism” and the idea of a group of masterminds controlling all aspects of the economy and life is not typically appealing to the American people, despite that happening already in Washington.

4. Clinton says she believes in capitalism, but it must be checked. So crony capitalism and state-controlled capitalism is okay in her book, but free markets are not. Interesting.

4a. What’s the deal with O’Malley? He’s either playing a guitar, working out or posing with his shirt off. Judging from the results of the last “cool guy” that got elected (the one currently in the White House), we’re thinking “cool” doesn’t count for much. Given O’Malley’s record in Baltimore and Maryland, others might agree.

4b. Journalists stand in the press box during the National Anthem at sporting events. Someone better tell the folks on the news side that they need to stand.

5. Donald Trump crashed this debate via Twitter and certainly made it more interesting. Here’s some of his best comments.

Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.