Tuesday, March 8, 2016

#DemDebate Round Up

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The Democrats had themselves another debate Sunday night.  I'll confess that I didn't watch it at all.  I had much better things to do with my time, to be honest.  Besides, why watch the debate when I can just collect some clips and then make fun of them?

We'll start with Hillary Clinton failing to respond to a simple question.  Anderson Cooper asked Hillary if she'd fire the head of the EPA over the Flint water scandal.  What he expected was, probably, an answer of some kind.  What he got instead was this:
It's the standard Hillary Clinton non-answer.  You see Hillary isn't sure if she'd fire the head of the EPA.  She doesn't know how high it goes.  Oh the locals failed Flint for sure.  Hillary would definitely fire all of them.  The head of the EPA, though?  Damned if she knows.  Hillary needs to investigate first.  Even though, of course, the EPA most definitely did know exactly what was going on:
Starting with inquiries made in February, the federal agency battled Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality behind the scenes for at least six months over whether Flint needed to use chemical treatments to keep lead lines and plumbing connections from leaching into drinking water. The EPA did not publicize its concern that Flint residents’ health was jeopardized by the state’s insistence that such controls were not required by law.

Instead of moving quickly to verify the concerns or take preventative measures, federal officials opted to prod the DEQ to act, EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman told The Detroit News this week. Hedman said she sought a legal opinion on whether the EPA could force action, but it wasn’t completed until November.
Yup, we have no idea what the EPA knew and when they knew it.  Gotta investigate!

I'll give Bernie Sanders credit where its due.  Anderson Cooper asked him the same exact question.  Sanders basically said "hell yes I'd fire the head of the EPA."  Sanders also took about 20 seconds to answer the question.  Followed by a minute or so of typical socialist grandstanding, of course.

What would the #DemDebate be without questions on race?  The candidates were asked what racial blind spots do they have.  Bernie Sanders responded by dismissing and insulting a large portion of the electorate:
Wow.  If you're white you have no idea what it's like to be poor.  Damn, son.  I'm sure there's some GOP intern furiously scribbling notes for a new attack ad right now.  I'll have more on this later, because it deserves its own post.

Next the discussion turned to education.  Anderson Cooper asked Hillary Clinton whether or not teachers' unions keep schools from firing bad teachers.  Simple question, yes?  Watch Hillary Clinton squirm as she struggles to answer it:
Oh yes.  Hillary was not ready for that question at all.  You can see her swallow hard after she praises the unions.  It's like she's thinking "shit, they didn't tell me about that question!"

If we could go back to the Flint water crisis for one second.  Don Lemon asked Hillary Clinton if people should go to jail.  Here's her response:
Yes, Hillary.  People SHOULD be held responsible.  WHEREVER that may lead.

I'll just leave this right here.

Clinton: Email scandal "moving toward a resolution"
After almost a year of controversy over her use of a private email server during her tenure at the State Department, Hillary Clinton said Sunday that she thinks the issue will soon be behind her.

"I think we're getting closer and closer to wrapping this up," she said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Asked by moderator John Dickerson about Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department staffer who helped set up her private email server and was granted immunity by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to give an interview, Clinton said she's "delighted" he's cooperating in the investigation. Questions about whether or not anyone will be indicted in the situation are overblown, she said.
Of course the highlight of the night was this little exchange between Sanders and Clinton:
Oh my.  Bernie Sanders put Clinton in her place THREE TIMES.  Much to the chagrin of the audience, of course.  You can hear the moans of disapproval.  Hillary Clinton is CLEARLY not happy with the rudeness Bernie has shown.  Who does he think he is?

This clip makes me want to help Donald Trump win the Republican nomination.  Just imagine what the reaction will be when he calls Hillary Clinton "sweetheart" in their first debate.

There you have it, folks.  I have cherry-picked the #DemDebate for you.  This way neither of us has to suffer through the whole damn thing.  It's much more fun this way.  Trust me.

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