Three democratic candidates took turns to talk with MSNBC correspondent, Rachel Maddow, about their current views on social, economic, and political issues on Friday night. Not to be confused with a friendly conversation over tea between four middle-aged Americans, this was considered to be the Democratic Party’s version of a “debate.” Their slot in primetime television was downgraded from a debate to a forum when Jim Webb and Lincoln Chaffee dropped out of the race in October. Instead of standing up in front of several moderators and challenging each other face to face, Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders used this opportunity to throw shade at Hillary Clinton. O’Malley and Sanders must have been relieved because now they didn’t have to be embarrassed by Clinton’s rehearsed rebuttals and obvious prowess on every presented issue.
During Maddow’s chat with guitar-playing, singer-songwriter Martin O’Malley, the American people learned that he has no plan to get his poll numbers up. He believes that he’s “on the right course” and enjoys “a tough fight.” We’ll see how this tactic works out for the Governor, given that his approval rate is at a dismal two percent. If he doesn’t win the democratic nomination, at least he has his budding music career to fall back on.
Senator Bernie Sanders, not to be confused with Seinfeld producer Larry David, continued to preach his opinions on gun control and attack his frenemy, Hillary Clinton. Sanders’ weakest answer came when he talked about what he would do to stop ISIS. He said Muslim countries would need to “roll up their sleeves and get troops on the ground:” opposing any American force presence in the Middle East. You heard it right ISIS, you won’t be #feelingthebern anytime soon.
It was no surprise that Hillary Clinton was going to kill it in this “debate”, and she did not disappoint. Queen Clinton answered questions that forced her to defend herself on the death penalty and other issues that separate her from both O’Malley and Sanders, but Clinton didn’t go after her low-polling rivals (probably because she knows she’s going to beat them anyway, why waste the breath?). Hillary highlighted that Obama doesn’t get the credit for the great job that he has done. She wants to build on Obama’s success and go further by being “the president for the struggling, the striving, and the successful.” Keep on eye on Hillary, she may be whipping and nae-naeing straight into the White House next November.