Howdy. It has been a while since I last blogged here, but I have been watching from afar. I am glad to be back.
As most of you did, I watched last night’s debate, and as most of you did, I spent the better part of my late evening, and today, reading all the various pundits write about it.
I think I am finally committed to one candidate but I must say that part of me had been wishing Joe Biden had stepped up several weeks ago. Alas, I think we can all agree that’s a non-story now.
If I may share some thoughts with you, and some information with you, I would appreciate it, and I’d also like your feedback in turn.
My first impression early on in the debate, was, “Wow, Secretary Clinton. Just wow!”. She handled the debate like a pro. Which, she is. Only a few small gaffes, in my eyes, but some really spectacular moments for the most part. My two favorites…her blistering comments about the Republicans and Planned Parenthood, and her response to Lincoln Chafee when he chided her about her Iraq war vote. It took me a long time to overcome my concerns about Hillary Clinton which I was most vocal about in the primaries leading up to Obama’s winning the presidency (and I’ll never get over that vote of hers), but as I told my mother a year ago, I’d vote for her in a heartbeat in 2016. Those of you who know me know I was not willing to say that several years ago.
But, I digress. About last night: I had wanted to see more of Webb but I have to admit, I didn’t like what I saw. O’Malley did not impress me much, especially in the beginning of the debate. I agree with some of your comments about him having gotten stronger throughout the evening, but he’s certainly not going to the primaries. Chafee, well…I’m glad he has lead an un-SCANDOULous life, as he reminded us three times. Good for him. As Josh Marshall put it, he seems like a really sweet and pleasant guy. Enough said.
So, onto the mensch (hat tip to Michael Wolraich).
But first, a reminder…I’m a former Republican, remember? And I’ve heard nothing from my family members except, “Oy vey…is this all we’ve GOT?”. And they are talking about the GOP. And they have, like, 14 people running! “Is this all we’ve got?”, they ask. That’s really rather sad, GOP. My mom was favoring the fired HP exec, my little sister favors Carson. I don’t talk politics with Mom and little sis in detail (as usual, again) but love them still. I don’t know upon whom the rest of my right-leaning family is pinning their hopes and am rather afraid to ask. Too many mere acquaintances of mine favor Trump and I have no response to them other than to drop my jaw and stare. So I am not going there with my family members except the ones I think are still leftist or independent.
In trying to figure out the Trump phenomenon (a daunting task, I know) I finally realized that it’s a populist thing. Both parties are tired of the gridlock, the Wall Street influence, and the fact that we’re all broke. We’re both trying to find someone who can shake things up while at the same time has no super-PAC influence.
Trump v Sanders?
Because that’s one of the weak spots I noticed in Hillary last night. When asked why she’s an “outsider”, she pointed out that she’s a woman. And we already knew that, we already did that, been there the last time she ran. And with Carly running…really? That’s your sole answer? And Bernie Sanders never once mentioned Clinton’s name last night, while mentioning super-PACS — nor even in his already famous quote, “Congress does not govern Wall Street…Wall Street governs Congress!”. He never once said her name but…please. We know what he implied.
And Bernie’s taking off even more than Obama did, with the grassroots online ground game forming and the small donations pouring in. And the excitement factor. We all remember how well it worked for Obama, I would hope.
I know you’re going to throw the electability thing at me. A Jewish Socialist, Lis…really? But…
I read this yesterday from Salon, and the deja vu came on so strong I had to step away from the computer for an hour. And then this. And then I watched his address at New Hampshire’s No Labels where Trump had been noted to, for once, be rather low key, and I saw this post from last week at HuffPo wherein Bernie shares his recollections of his No vote on the Iraq War. And yes, I had to step away for another hour, because I was starting to really feel a Bern. And I wanted to keep researching before getting committed.
Luckily, after that point I only had enough time to eat dinner before the debate started (yes, I’m in PA but I like late dinners) and so it wasn’t until after soaking up the debate and watching several pundits on CNN and MSNBC that I was able to sleep. But I didn’t really sleep because I just kept thinking about the cheers after the debate while Bernie was addressing the union that had just endorsed him (all of them screaming Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!) and then hearing Chris Matthews say that Bernie was practically in danger of being mobbed by the crowd in the hotel (and sure enough, he was but he was more concerned about diminutive Andrea Mitchell than himself) and then wake up and go to work but I have to confess I spent most of the day online searching for more and more feedback from last night like this and this and this.
And…well, here I am. Bernin’.
Can a socialist win the election? Well, if Donald Trump and Ben Carson can be frontrunners for the Republicans…why the hell not?