I have to admit, I’ve never followed a Presidential Election as closely as I have this one, and my original reason for being so interested was to get material for my writing.
I knew my blog and monologue jokes for The Nite Show would benefit from my having a better knowledge of the candidates. What I didn’t realize was how intriguing I would find the process, and how important it is to be informed before casting my vote.
What the hell was I doing in all the previous Presidential Elections? Yikes!
Last night’s debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton was held in Brooklyn, my old stomping grounds! It was definitely part of the allure to know that this was all taking place in the borough in which I spent the first 26 years of my life.
Plus, there was a little part of me that hoped some Brooklynite would interrupt the proceedings by screaming at the candidates in a thick Brooklyn accent. That, Modern Philosophers, would have made it a perfect evening.
I’ve watched several debates thus far, and the Democrats have always been much more civil than the Republicans.
Of course, you have to expect that when Future President Donald Trump is the ringmaster on the GOP side of things.
How un-Republican of them!
I did notice a bit of a change in that at the Michigan Debate. Things were a little more testy, the moderator had to do more refereeing than usual, and tempers flared just a tad.
Last night, though, the Democratic Debate had a definite Republican flair. Maybe Brooklyn just brings it out in everyone, but there was tension, raised voices, accusatory glances, finger pointing, heated arguments, and a sense that both candidates were not only looking to win, but also consciously seeking to harm the chances of the other.
Even Bernie Sanders, America’s lovable Grandpa, showed a cranky side. And for good reason. Hillary Clinton doesn’t like to give a straight answer. She goes into propaganda mode and spews the same old rhetoric without satisfying the question put forth to her by the moderator.
And Bernie, much to his credit, called her on it several times. These debates need to be more than the repeating of the same tired sound bytes, so I was thrilled that Sanders demanded that Clinton actually answer the question on the table.
It’s hard to tell who really wins a debate because I think that depends on your own views on the issues. What I did some away thinking, however, was that Bernie Sanders can definitely hold his own with someone who has seemed destined for the Presidency for the far too long.
“This is not the career change you were looking for!”
I know Clinton has a huge lead in the New York polls, and a sizeable advantage in delegates, but Sanders proved to me last night that he is the better candidate for the job.
He was my winner in the Battle of Brooklyn, and I believe he could take down Darth Trump and save us all.
I’ve written a longer article about why it’s in the nation’s best interest if Hillary steps aside and allows Sanders to be the Democrats’ candidate on Election Day. If you’re interested in reading it, you can find it in my weekly column on The Good Men Project.
Did you watch last night’s debate? Who do you think won? Which Democrat has the better chance to beat Trump in November?
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