Let me first sing Anderson Cooper’s praises.
He kept the trains running on time. He forced the candidates to answer questions they otherwise did not want to answer. He pushed on gun control; he pushed on Clinton’s emails; he held his ground against an audience even against him. Anderson Cooper won the debate, but he is not running for President.
Hillary Clinton was the winner of the debate. Her stage presence was pleasant compared to a yelling Bernie Sanders and an angry Jim Webb. She looked at the other candidates who were speaking, making eye contact and nodding. She had a humorous moment with Anderson Cooper over the bathroom break. And she cleaned Bernie Sanders’ clock.
In fact, it was Hillary Clinton who gave a ringing defense of capitalism against Bernie Sanders. It was Hillary Clinton who gave a forceful defense of American national security against Sanders and others on stage. She stood strong against Edward Snowden. She even showed some maturity and caution on recreational marijuana.
It is really striking that a left-wing Democrat like Hillary Clinton seemed reasonable against Bernie Sanders, who is truthfully her only competition on stage. All he could do is yell. It was Hillary Clinton’s night.
But what really stands out about the Democratic debate is how there was no diversity of idea or diversity of ethnicity. It was a bunch of old white people on stage who all largely agreed on government policies, government spending, taking people’s guns away, and killing children.
Contrast these Democrats with the Republicans running. The Republicans disagree on immigration, they disagree on taxes, they disagree on college funding, they are white, Hispanic, Indian, male, and female. Where there is diversity of skin and thought on the right, there is none on the left.
Lastly, there is one other issue worth noting. The crowd was very, very friendly to the Democrats and very engaged. The gang on stage played right into that. When Hillary Clinton wanted to pivot, she threw out Planned Parenthood funding and the War on Women. The crowd went wild. When Sanders wanted to pivot, he’d throw out some leftwing issue and the crowd would road.
The danger here is that the American people saw just how out of touch the Democrats are. The Democrats, in playing to their crowd in the debate hall, went for the echo chamber. They are a bunch of big spenders who will take our guns and surrender our national sovereignty to hostile powers with no clue on how to stand up to Putin. They are for killing kids and burdening small businesses with new government programs while refusing to cut anything. They care more about global warming than helping working families.
The crowd in Las Vegas may have gone wild, but most Americans are now out in the back yard burying their guns and wallets.
Hillary Clinton won the debate. She will win the Democratic nomination. And she will lose the general election because the Democratic echo chamber has completely drifted away from where the American people are.