(Watch the full debate above. If it gets taken down, let me know in the comments. Thanks.)
To be honest, I think this was the most stressful and annoying Democratic debate yet.
Stressful because Bernie was relentlessly Bernie...lecturing, hectoring, shouting, preaching and finger-wagging relentlessly for over two hours. That got old really quick.
Annoying because of Bernie's obnoxious, overexcited and heckling cheering section who would not shut up. The GOP debate atmosphere has rubbed off on our side, and that's a bad thing.
Can you imagine what the debate would've been like if there wasn't any live audience? You know, a quiet and serious discussion of issues without constant interruption? The candidates speaking directly to the American people instead of trying to get the best applause lines from a rowdy crowd?
I'm pretty sure that Bernie would completely melt under such circumstances, just as he did in front of the New York Daily News editorial board.
But as Lysis noted in today's HNV, Hillary still managed to win the night.
Even Fox News had to admit it:
Hillary Clinton may very well have locked up the Democratic nomination at Thursday night’s debate in Brooklyn.
The main theme that ran throughout each of Clinton’s pointed answers was “it’s easy to diagnose the problem. It’s hard to do something about it.” It’s a brilliant tack for her to take especially as more critics have been pointing out flaws in Sanders’s plans, especially when it comes to funding his free college for all and universal health care plans.
And it worked a charm.
Sanders suffered for it. She buried him in details no matter the topic. From breaking up the banks – Sanders’s signature issue that he notably struggled with during his recent Daily News interview – to tackling climate change to raising the minimum wage to the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians, Clinton showed how deep her understanding of the issues is and the level of specificity with which she has crafted plans to address them.One personal anecdote of interest: A close friend of mine who had been feeling the Bern pretty strongly since October (donating a lot more than $27 in the process) told me that she did not like Bernie's "ornery attitude" and found Hillary "more polished and reasonable" in the debate. If similar thoughts are percolating through New York today, next Tuesday is going to be a lot of fun.
For another indication about how things are going post-debate, check out Hillary having a blast...
...while Bernie tries to fool us with the latest and biggest "fake endorsement" of them all.Hillary Clinton got really excited when she won dominoes today in East Harlem. Video: pic.twitter.com/kHJYAcW6Za— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) April 15, 2016
Bernie walking a fine line on sort of claiming the endorsement of the Pope https://t.co/XGeLMcUMog pic.twitter.com/CsVTmkFTZV— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 15, 2016
Again I must ask: What the hell, Bernie?