The Democrats held their first presidential debate of the season last night, and reports indicate that they addressed a whole slew of issues that the Republicans failed to even mention in their debates. One commentator referred to the Democratic debate show as the "adults" finally taking the stage.
The local Howell County Democratic Club sponsored a debate watch party in the city of West Plains last night. I had planned to attend up until about an hour before the show began, but decided at the last minute to stay home and follow the proceedings on Twitter. It's probably the result of spending time around poultry - as the evening shadows begin for form, I start feeling the urge to roost!
Bill Clinton sent out an email during the debate, the only candidate or spouse who molested my in-box during the performance. Bill told me how proud he was of Hillary - and then asked if I could send her a dollar. Just one dollar - one small bit of commitment to helping him move back into the White House.
Bernie emailed this morning. His communication said that last night's performance proved that we can win. He would like fifteen dollars, please.
Apparently the best line of last night's production was when Bernie declared that America was sick and tired of hearing about Hillary's "damned emails," and suggested that the voting public was more concerned with income inequality and climate change. His response brought a laugh and a "thank you" from Clinton.
Most accounts seemed to give Hillary the nod for the best debate performance of her career - but generally agreed that Bernie, in the first national debate of his career, was no slouch either. And there were also three lesser-knowns on stage who seem to remain lesser-knowns after the curtain dropped.
After months of hearing little else than Republican paranoid delusions and the greedy twaddle of the very rich, it is heartening to know that there are others out there who seek to lead our country forward and into the light of reason. Correcting income inequality, addressing climate change, healing the racial divide, and limiting access to guns are all much more pertinent to the survival of a free state than the GOP fixations on hate and greed. Last night's debate showed that there are other viewpoints out there - one's that make sense in the modern world.
And while Hillary may eventually get my vote, it will be a mighty cold day in Purgatory before she gets my dollar!