Wow. I've been gone for a long time.
Anyway, it's clear that Bernie won the debate. The mainstream media can insist that Hillary did excellent all they want, but the fact of the matter is that he won with a landslide. As someone who watched the debate from start to finish and even participated in CNN's live poll, I can confirm from memory that 75% of the people who voted agreed that Bernie won the debate overall. 59% thought he won on foreign policy and 72% agreed with him on economic issues.
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?
Bernie secured a clear, objective victory and, in my personal opinion, he did a far better job than the other candidates. I've followed his campaign for quite a while and I was pleased to see him elaborate clearly on his policies, opinions, and thoughts as he has always done. Hillary's playing of the woman card to avoid hard questions was unbearable and the other candidates failed to make any sort of impact on me. They were as unmemorable as the face of a random passerby and what they brought to the table paled in comparison to what Sanders or Clinton offered.
I had to watch both Rep and Dem debate for my PoliSci class. I gotta say, this debate was FAR better than the Rep debate. I'm liberal republican, so there are a lot of points I agreed with here.
The biggest thing that annoys me, though, is that all the after-polls stated that Sanders won the debate by a landslide (including CNN's own polls where it was 81% Bernie to 13% Clinton), but all the media is saying that Clinton won. I don't know if I was watching the same debate, but to me, Hillary spent most her time trying to justify both her rapid stance changes and how her scandals are a non-issues. She also spent a lot of time trying to say that she is no different than both Bernie and O'Malley (who also did better than Hillary in my opinion). Hillary is just not trustworthy. A French classmate of mine said after the debate that Hillary would not even be considered able to run due to her past if she were running in France.
What I got from the candidates:
Hillary Clinton - "What I've done is under the bridge, and if you don't like my policies, I'll change them next week. I'm also a woman if you didn't know."
Bernie Sanders - "I have the people's support, even if I sometimes don't pay attention to the moderator."
Martin O'Malley - "Don't I look and sound like a president? Oh, and I'm nothing like Hillary. CLEAN ENERGY!!! Did I say that out loud?"
Lincoln Chafee - "I'm more righteous than all of you because I have no scandals! Look at me smile! "
Jim Webb - "LISTEN TO ME!!! I was in the Navy, so the debate rules don't apply to me! I shot someone!"
Well, that was awkward...