Monday, January 18, 2016
Hillary's Debating Win
Attention in the US presidential primaries is focusing more on the Republican race than the Democratic one, not least because there actually is a Republican race, whereas whatever the enthusiasm of Bernie Sanders' supporters, no-one is yet thinking in terms of Hillary not winning the Democratic nomination.
Republican debates are offering some great moments as they fight lack rats in a sack, but it is worth turning to look at Hillary in the more measured Democrat debates too. Sanders has at least offered some useful challenge to Clinton, absorbing the zeitgeist of the liberal left in her party and forcing her to recognise and deal with it. And, the debates are a measure of what Hillary might be able to offer in the main presidential run-off after summer.
The evidence from the latest Democratic debate - at least according to Slate - is that she is one classy and effective debater; a better debater than campaigner says Isaac Chotiner. And that means whoever wins the Republican race, they are going to have their wacky political offerings put under a sharp, forensic and public spotlight. Which could well see them melt as the vast army of mid-term non-voters turns out to ensure the White House stays centrist.