At the Democratic debate, both candidates fought hard and like grownups over real issues that matter to real people. And rather than taking that long and lethal Al Gore walk away from the record of the man who they are fighting to succeed, to different degrees the both hugged the Obama Legacy tight.
So if I had to pick a "winner", it say it was Bernie Sanders, but not because Hillary Clinton screwed up in any fatal way. She did very well and should be damn proud of how she handled herself, I would give the win tonight first to the Democratic base who have every reason to be proud of our candidates and, second, to Sanders simply because he step into the ring with the party's Muhammed Ali, went the full 15 with her, toe to toe, with no shot below the belt and fought it to a draw. Which means Sanders comes away from this arena as a legitimate contender and not merely a curiosity.
For her part, Secretary Clinton comes away undamaged (Note to Hillary: Drop the reference to Henry Kissinger's approving comments. Democrats who don't remember him...don't remember him and Democrats who do remember him look forward to the day when we can piss on his grave.) cheerful and passionate.
Democratic debates: I respect my opponent's passion but disagree with their methods and priorities.
Republican debates: You're a smelly pirate whore!
The best summary of the night goes to Bernie Sanders:
“On our worst days, I think it’s safe to say we are a hundred times better than any Republican candidate running today.”
Yes. Yes they are.