What e-mails? Republicans Lose As Sanders And Clinton Play Nice In Debate.

“The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails.”

It was the line of Tuesday night’s debate, uttered by Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton knew it. She turned to her top Democratic primary challenger, and created the visual to go with the words, shaking Senator Sanders’s hand and grinning broadly.

The message: We (Democrats) are a united party – even if Mr. Sanders technically isn’t a Democrat – and the Republicans aren’t.

Make no mistake, Mrs. Clinton is not out of the woods on the issue that has dogged her for eight months: Her exclusive use of a private e-mail system while secretary of State, raising questions about whether she put national security at risk. She will testify before a House committee next week on the matter.

“It’s clear that there was only one person on the stage in Las Vegas who can actually be the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee – Hillary Clinton,” says Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “Clinton was hungry and improved from her 2008 performances but her competition was beyond weak. The progressive base might love Sanders, but his ‘town crier’ routine will never fly in the general election.”

Read more from Linda Feldmann at The Christian Science Monitor

Do you like this post?
Analysis & Political Strategy