I have since read some of the reviews of the debates and was surprised to see many of them thinking that Hillary Clinton came out best last night, which was not the impression that I had at all. She was ok and did not make any major blunders but she seemed very equivocal on many issues compared to all the others, except for Webb who was hard to pin down.
Jeb Lund had a good summary of last night’s debate.
Republican operative and pollster and Fox News regular Frank Luntz convened a focus group, as he always does with these events, and monitored the responses of these 28 self-identified Democrats during the debate and discussed it with them afterwards. One should be a little cautious about these things because both the focus group and the snippets of information he gives out at the end can be manipulated. But as far as this group was concerned, it seemed Sanders won hands down, with about half of them coming in as Clinton supporters and many of them changing their minds after the debate.
Some observers are suggesting that by taking the email issue off the table, Sanders lost the one issue that could wean Clinton supporters away from her and to him. But at least as far as this focus group was concerned, that was Sanders’s finest moment. But it turned out that Sanders was the one who sparked most interest on Google searches during the debate and on Twitter, though that may be because most people may already think they know enough about Clinton.
But could this be yet another manifestation of what we have seen so far, that ordinary people are reacting to Sanders much better than the professional political-media class, because the former care about issues while the latter care more about theatrics?