With the possible exception of the first debate, this one was my favorite. With the contest down to a mano a mano faceoff, Clinton fought back effectively against it all early on...the "artful smear" of her integrity, the progressive purity test, the email nonsense, and more. The fightin' Hillary of early 2008 was back with a vengeance and I loved every second of it.
But the second half turned into a much-calmer discussion of foreign policy, and it was here that Hillary locked up her fifth straight debate win. Simply put, she was masterful as usual and he was still out of his depth much of the time, even going back to talk yet again about a 14-year old vote. But it didn't work this time.Wow. Clinton: "I really don’t think these kind of attacks by insinuations are worth of you. ... If you’ve got something to say, say it."— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) February 5, 2016
And by the end, things were unified in a way not seen since Bernie's famous "damn emails" line back in October:Hillary: "A vote in 2002 is not a plan to defeat ISIS." #demdebate— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 5, 2016
"If I am so fortunate to be the nominee the first person I will talk to about where to go and how to get it done will be Sen Sanders" - HRC— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) February 5, 2016
If anyone had the crazy idea before last night that Bernie Sanders might start a third party run and help put a Republican in the White House...well, dream on. It's clearly not going to happen."On our worst day... We are one hundred times better than any Republican candidate" -@BernieSanders #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/ugZseAbwNK— Mashable (@mashable) February 5, 2016
Watch the full debate here. If it gets taken down, let me know in the comments and I will try to switch it out.Absolutely terrific debate. But Hillary ran away with this, especially on foreign policy. So proud of our future Madam President! #HillYes— Hillary HQ (@Hillary_HQ) February 5, 2016