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How About That Democratic Debate? (Colbert video)

Very funny

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Thu Oct 15, 2015, 12:01 PM (2 replies)

RachelMaddow Exposes Media Bias Against Bernie Sanders

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Thu Oct 15, 2015, 11:22 AM (2 replies)

Dick Morris: Bernie Sanders Won the Debate

While all the insider pundits proclaimed a Hillary victory, it is evident to those who truly understand the Democratic electorate that Bernie Sanders is the one who actually won.

The result of the debate will be evident soon enough: Look for Bernie to move up in the polls and close much of the lead Hillary now holds.

Hillary didn’t do badly. But Sanders won. The leftist new Democratic Party is highly issue-oriented. Personalities and charisma are quite beside the point. It was formed in reaction to the Iraq War and has grown around the Occupy Wall Street and one-percenter issues, and both of those were on prominent display last night.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Oct 14, 2015, 11:37 PM (9 replies)

CNN Democratic Debate: The Young Turks Summary (youtube video)

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Oct 14, 2015, 07:23 PM (2 replies)

Banner flown over ball game; twitter link

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Oct 14, 2015, 06:37 PM (5 replies)

The Democratic debate revealed Sanders’ true strength

Bernie Sanders was the clear winner in the first debate among candidates for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. And it wasn’t because he is more “likable” than the front-runner, Hillary Clinton. He won because he is more honest.

Hillary Clinton's “likeability” has received a lot of attention over the years. Does she come across as warm and caring? Does she have a sense of humor? Is her laugh convincing? In the 2008 primaries, President Barack Obama famously offered his rival a backhanded compliment, calling her “likable enough.”

For some voters, or at least some Beltway pundits, likability is a compelling factor in deciding who to vote for. But for many of us, it is not. Some voters actually watch debates to discern the candidates’ beliefs on the issues of the day — and last night’s debate revealed far more about the candidates’ beliefs and priorities than it did about their temperaments.

The debate was promoted on CNN as a kind of cage fight for political nerds: “Democratic candidates in one another's face for the first time” read the text at the bottom of the screen. It lived up to the hype: Anderson Cooper, the moderator, was dogged in asking challenging questions and extracting clear and unambiguous answers from reluctant candidates. The tone of those answers was less aggressive; unlike in the Republican debates, the candidates voiced coherent and often reasonable opinions that revealed substantive differences in their views on policy. Only one candidate, Jim Webb, bragged about killing a man, and none spoke hatefully about women or Mexicans (though the fact that this makes the Democrats looks good speaks to the soft bigotry of low expectations!).

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Oct 14, 2015, 06:31 PM (3 replies)

Ed Schultz on DemDebate (youtube videos)

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Oct 14, 2015, 03:21 PM (1 replies)

How Bernie Changed the Democratic Debate The other candidates followed his lead, and leaned left.

Democrats took the debate stage in Las Vegas at a crucial moment in American history.
As wealth inequality metastasizes to unsustainable levels, rich Americans and powerful corporations wield unprecedented—and growing—control over our politics. Voters are demanding answers.

This deep dissatisfaction has fueled the surprising rise of Bernie Sanders, who now leads Hillary Clinton in several key primary states. In Las Vegas, the candidates largely followed his lead: There was a substantive discussion about free college tuition, government action to raise wages, prosecuting Wall Street criminals, and expanding Social Security. There was even an exchange about the merits of socialism. Early in the debate, Anderson Cooper actually had occasion to ask, “Is there anybody else on the stage who is not a capitalist?”

The Democrats leaned eagerly left throughout the evening. Forty-two percent of Americans make less than $15 an hour, and both Sanders and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley favor a federal minimum wage of at least that much. Hillary Clinton wants a $12 hourly wage in most of the country, though she supports $15 in large urban areas. Paid sick leave is also a consensus position among the major Democratic candidates, as is pay equity. Clinton in particular repeatedly pushed “paycheck feminism” during the debate.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Oct 14, 2015, 03:05 PM (0 replies)

NYTimes: 'The Web Spoke: Hillary Won', ALL of the comments call them out

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Oct 14, 2015, 02:49 PM (41 replies)

Post DNC Debate Poll Results

Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 760 registered Democratic voters across the U.S. regarding the performance and opinions of the Democrats that took place in the first Democratic Primary debate. The poll has a margin of error of ± 3.6%. The total may not round to 100% because of rounding. The polls were conducted using automated telephone calls (IVR technology) and weighted by party voting characteristics. The poll was conducted for One America News Network.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Oct 14, 2015, 02:42 PM (9 replies)
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