Editorial: First Democratic Debate Outshines Republican Debate


Theodore Weiss, Senior Reporter


The first democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada took place last Tuesday, October 15. The debate was as boring as it sounded. There was only discussion about real issues, they’re was no bickering between the candidates only agreeing, and there was no comments that didn’t seem presidential. In all honesty, it almost put me to sleep.

To sum it all up, former governor Martin O’Malley’s and now 2016 Presidential Candidate thought the same things that I did in his closing statement.

“On this stage you didn’t hear anyone denigrate women, you didn’t hear anyone make racist comments about new American immigrants. You didn’t hear anyone speak ill of another American because of their religious beliefs. What you heard was on honest search for the answers that will move our country forward”.

I mean why have a debate if the candidates are only going to be taking about real issues, for instance this question asked at the second GOP debate “what would your secret service code name be?”.

Of course, I should only vote for a government elected official not on their stances on climate change, on free public college tuition, or on gun control, but solely for the fact that Governor of New Jersey and Presidential Candidate Chris Christie would like his code name to “True Heart”. (True Heart is an original Care Bear from the 1980’s)

I thought Bernie Sanders in the democratic debate would’ve BERNed Hilary Clinton on her emails, instead he was calm, cool and, collective.

“Let me say something that may not be great politics, but I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails”.

Again this is not great politics, agreeing with someone who has similar view points as you and doesn’t comment about someone’s appearance, but rather their ideas.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump and circus act extraordinaire thinks other Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina doesn’t have the face to hold office.

“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”

This isn’t only a discussion of who is right, who is wrong or who won the debate, but also what is good politics and what is bad politics?

Is good politics loud mouthing your opponent to get good ratings or is it more about being diplomatic to your opponents to win the publics viewpoint.

Is good politics only accepting small donations and not setting up any SuperPacs like Sanders is doing or is that poor politics that’ll get outweighed by large donations by corporations.

Is good politics having a debate hosted by CNN who is owned by Time Warner Cable who just happens to be the seventh biggest donator for your campaign. For Hilary Clinton, even though she might not of won the debate, she had CNN post that she won despite having every poll say Sanders won. Or is that bad politics that she is controlling the media in her favors?

Adam Johnson for intestines.com thinks that corporate media is twisting what really happened,

“Sanders won the CNN focus group, the Fusion focus group, and the Fox News focus group; in the latter, he even converted several Hillary supporters. He won the Slate online poll, CNN/Time online poll, 9News Colorado, The Street online poll, Fox5 poll, the conservative Drudge online poll and the liberal Daily Kos online poll. There wasn’t, to this writer’s knowledge, a poll he didn’t win by at least an 18-point margin. But you wouldn’t know this from reading the establishment press. The New York Times, the New Yorker, CNN, Politico, Slate, New York Magazine, and Vox all unanimously say Hillary Clinton cleaned house. What gives?”

Every candidate has a different approach to the 2016 campaign, whether that is being flashy and making outrageous comments, appearing to more ordinary Americans, or controlling the media in your favor is better. The American people have spoken and will continue to speak that Bernie Sanders is favorable and the polls show that for the debate and the election,and that shows that he doesn’t need bad politics to win the campaign, just consistency.