Yeah, so the first Democratic debate came and went last night, with nothing resembling fireworks or gotcha moments gumming up the news cycle. The morning after, however, held plenty of news proclaiming presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the winner, a victory in loose senses of the term.
While Sen. Bernie Sanders showed he was ready for everything but guns and foreign policy, the other three: Jim Webb, Martin O'Malley, and nowhere man Lincoln Chafee struggled for airtime, or anything substantive to say when given that airtime. The most damning moment for the three also-rans was when CNN even referred to them in a on-screen graphic as "the other three."
This is where I find myself in a crossroads when it comes to the subject of whether or not there should be more than six Democratic debates. On the one hand, I can agree with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's take on the lack of discourse being presented, but on the other, they want more of this? Even Don King fights back in the day were less transparent than this. The DNC wants Hillary to win, therefore she got the most talking time. The closest challenger, in terms of popularity and fundraising, was given the next closest amount of time. Then Webb, O'Malley, and Chafee, the veritable who's who of who's that again?, were given the scraps to fight over for the audience's amusement.
What I, personally, would love to see, would be former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura wind up gaining the Libertarian Party nomination and somehow make it onto a debate stage with Hillary and whomever the Republicans can keep the vomit down for the most. Outside of the challenge getting beyond the threshhold that bars most candidates, something I doubt Gov. Ventura would have much of a problem with, I would like to see the political establishment truly put on notice by a unconventional candidate that actually knows what the hell they are talking about.
Since I won't be anywhere near a mainstream debate stage in this presidential election, guess I am going to have to remain hopeful "The Body" will step in to take care of my light work...
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