Room For Debate…

photo:Joe Raedle/Getty Images
photo:Joe Raedle/Getty Images

My husband had to go for an MRI last Tuesday when the Democratic Presidential Debate was telecast.

I recorded it and watched over the weekend.

I was very impressed with the calm, respectful tone and tenor of the dialogue.

I think most of the candidates spoke well and intelligently stated their platforms.

The talk was substantive unlike the shallow headline rants of the likes of Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio.

I think we can kick the complainer and “I served in the military” obsessed Jim Webb to the curb. It’s unfortunate that his manner is so off-putting because he is an intelligent person with a great deal of experience.

Old granite rock, Lincoln Chafee, is not my idea of a presidential candidate.

photo:reuters/lucy nicholson
photo:reuters/lucy nicholson

My two favorite exchanges were:

“Let me say something that may not be politically smart, but the secretary is right: the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails,” Sanders exclaimed as the crowd rose to its feet. “Thank you, Bernie, thank you,” Clinton said.

Sanders and Clinton agreed again later in the evening when Clinton argued that Republicans “don’t mind having big government to interfere with a woman’s right to choose or Planned Parenthood.”

The Republicans showed absolutely no solidarity.

All I culled from the Republican debates is that they are all act like middle school bullies, lacking respect and any depth of information or vision. Additionally, every last one of the candidates appear to believe that America sucks.

Come on. This is a great country. Can’t Republicans be just a little bit positive?!

Yes, we have big problems such as the U.S. having the highest rate of childhood poverty, no guarantee of healthcare or parental leave, but not one democratic candidate denigrated women, ignored global warming or wanted to send immigrants packing…insert racist comments here.

Instead, the democratic candidates attacked injustices, preached adding more jobs, free college education, a woman’s right to choose, pushing back on the NRA and being aggressively environmentally pro-active, advocating working with huge polluters such as China and India on moving this global issue forward.

I would like to take a dollop of Bernie Sanders, a heaping of Hillary Clinton and mix them together with a pinch of former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and an embellishment of Elizabeth Warren…shake and bake for a tantalizing recipe for success.

I am hopeful and thank you democrats for not invoking God and religion which has no place in politics.


  1. YES!!!!

  2. Hi Toby

    Hope your husband is well. I actually went to MRI on the same day last week. (twisted my back when playing golf……)

    I am having my lunch break and watching the debate on youtube right now.


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