The complete lack of response to my meditation on the nature of moral and political philosophy suggests that you are all fixated on the riveting presidential campaign, so herewith my take on last night's Democratic Party candidates' debate. I consider myself well-prepared to a offer substantive, thoughtful reaction because Susie and I turned off the TV and went to sleep after the opening statements by the candidates. Some early-morning check of the TV talk shows and a bit of web-surfing filled me in.
The boffo line of the night clearly belonged to Bernie Sanders, though it inured to Clinton's benefit, as they say. After the egregious Anderson Cooper got done pressing her on the matter of her e-mails, Sanders broke in and called for a discussion of important issues. Then he turned to Clinton, standing next to him, and blurted out, "the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails!" Clinton, who had just been handed a gift of inestimable value, burst out in delighted laughter. Bernie's campaign, by the way, received $1.3 million in small donations in the next few hours, triggered by the remark. It was an entirely authentic, honest, generous, non-self-interested utterance, and Bernie is the only person in either party capable of having made it.
So where do things stand? O'Malley, Chaffee, and Webb are toast. Biden now has no good reason to enter the race, since his only hope was to step in and replace a faltering Clinton. She is clearly not going to falter. Clinton will be the nominee, and Sanders will remain the sentimental favorite of the party faithful.
As for the general election, the Republican Party Chairman, Reince Priebus, had better start negotiating with his Democratic Party counterpart, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, for the fewest presidential debates possible, because Clinton will eat the Republican nominee for lunch, whomever he or she may be.