October 14th, 2015 13:56 EST
Robert Paul Reyes' Concise Analysis of the Democratic Debate: Hillary Won!
In recent months Hillary Clinton has been mired in a quagmire of her own creation, her email scandal and her elitist demeanor has dominated the political conversation.
Let`s just say that Hillary got her mojo back. Anyone who reads my columns knows that I`m not a fan of Hillary, but credit must be given where credit is due: Hillary was the decisive winner of last night`s first Democratic debate.
Hillary put on a clinic on how a politician should conduct herself in a debate; she was in control of the conversation, comfortable in the spotlight, and in command of the issues.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders didn`t win, but his passion, candor and authenticity resonated with the Democratic-leaning audience in Las Vegas, and with the viewers watching from the comfort of their living rooms.
The highlight of the debate was when Sanders blasted the media`s focus on Hillary Clinton`s use of a private email server. Sanders turned to face Hillary and emphatically declared: The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails! That earned him an appreciative hand shake from Hillary, and a standing ovation from the audience.
Sander`s defense of Hillary will now and forever be known simply as The Gift. " It`s the greatest gift one politician has given to another in the history of Western Civilization.
While it`s true that many Democrats may be sick and tired of hearing about Hillary`s email scandal, polls indicate that most Americans feel that it`s a legitimate issue.
Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb was petulant and defensive; he repeatedly complained that the moderator, Anderson Cooper, was ignoring him. With all due respect Webb is an asterisk in the polls, and he hasn`t done much campaigning, he should have been grateful he was allowed to share the stage with Bernie and Hillary.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O`Malley was asleep for most of the debate, although he did wake up at the end to deliver a brilliant closing statement.
Former Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee was completely out of his element, he was confused and clueless. I`m dating myself with this reference, but Chafee made James Stockdale look like a master rhetorician and a master debater. Chafee should quit the race in abject humiliation, and make penance for his dreadful performance by devoting the rest of his life to tending to lepers in a leper colony.
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