Because of the importance of the first debate of the season for Democrats, we're devoting the entire column today to scrutinizing the various talking points (good and bad) delivered by the candidates.
Pundits already proclaimed who won (former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), lost (Vice President Joe Biden) and broke even (former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley), but InsideGov takes a different tack, looking at who cleaned up on the Internet the night of the debate.
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After months of being stuck in a rather silly media box of, ironically, her own original making, Hillary Clinton at last found herself in a competitive situation in this long unfolding presidential campaign.
It now appears there is little rationale left for Joe Biden to enter the Democratic primary. The question of how Hillary would do with the attacks on her from Republicans over her emails and Benghazi are all being answered in her favor.
The Answer to Trump, Fiorina, Carson & Sanders: Draft Joe Biden & Team
Hillary won't win I fear because her campaign will continue to try and make her something she is not and will continue to blame everyone else who doesn't understand that she really is something she isn't. The American people know better.
Vice President Joe Biden is either playing coy with his intentions, or is genuinely torn about whether he wants to run in the 2016 election. But after a good showing for all of the Democratic candidates in the first debate, the party demonstrated they don't need Biden to rescue them.
The Democratic National "Debate" -- I just finished watching it or should I say enduring. It wasn't educating. It wasn't elevating and it wasn't, dare I say, entertaining.
Matalin and Corn preview the first Dem debate: Will HRC's new progressive push work? What's O'Malley's opening against an iconic woman and anti-plutocrat? Will Joe stop his tease? Then: after Oregon and four gun deaths per-hour all year, Right says answer is more guns. Really?
What choices do progressives have? Hillary Clinton leaves a lot to be desired. She does favor a woman's right to choose and has recently come out in support of marriage equality. But, Clinton has been called a "focus group Democrat," often accused of believing what polls and focus groups tell her she should believe.
This week, as Joe Biden inched closer to jumping into the presidential race, Ben Carson inched closer to forcing us to retire the use of "brain surgeon" as a linguistic stand-in for "brilliant genius," with thunderingly dumb comments about guns, the Umpqua Community College shooting, and the Holocaust. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans took on the trappings of a badly written soap opera, with Kevin McCarthy abruptly withdrawing from contention as the next Speaker due to opposition from Tea Partiers who didn't find him conservative enough -- or was it really because of those rumors of a steamy extramarital affair with a colleague? Tune in next time for "As the GOP Turns"... Is it any surprise that neither John Boehner nor Paul Ryan wants a position that has gone from someone who can get things done to someone who promises to stop all things from getting done? Welcome to today's Washington.
Next Tuesday, we will finally get some degree of parity in the world of televised presidential debates, as the Democrats come together for the first time to make their case to the American public.
If you were a Republican operative charged with devising ways to weaken Hillary Clinton and the Democrats' chances of winning in November of 2016, the first thing you might think of is a forming a congressional committee to turn a tragic event into a scandal that could be linked to Ms. Clinton.
Fifty words is a micron in the measure of a lawmaker's rhetoric. But these 50 words of declared House Speaker candidate Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) have instantly reversed the fortunes of Hillary Clinton's sagging campaign for the democratic presidential nomination: