First of all let me say I Iike Bernie Sanders. More than any other candidate he speaks about issues in a way that resonant with me. I don’t know if I trust Hilary Clinton. I suspect many people feel the same way. The other guys….. well they are the other guys.
(A note…. I was impressed with Martin O’Malley. He had the best strategy. Agree with Hilary or Bernie and then say “We are already doing that in my state….)
With all that being said I thought Hilary won and I wasn’t sure if it was really close. I thought she sounded more on top of things. I could see someone who didn’t necessarily like her or trust her saying she beat the hell out of the options. Although I badly want to believe the same out of Bernie Sanders I just wasn’t sure.
I think the Democratic strategy is in part going to be to stay out of the way and let me the Republicans lose and I wasn’t sure how good he would be at that. I think Bernie might be a better choice. I am not certain he is more likely to win and nothing I heard convinced me otherwise.
On mental health I didn’t think any of them got it. Not even close. Sanders linking mental health with gun violence dismayed me. I really hoped for far more. I saw no indication that any of them saw mental health as having anything to do with human rights.
I was disappointed that Sanders tried to defend his record on guns by reference to political realism while on every other issue he castigated others who put political realism above principles. Maybe I missed the point but that is what I thought.
I liked what Hilary said about guns. I think part of mental health not being the get the NRA off the hook scapegoat is a real policy on guns and I thought she had that (Martin O’Malley would tell you he is already doing it in Maryland.). I liked her passion.
One of my questions was rather any of them had the potential to be a leader in mental health and just didn’t see it. Perhaps at this point in the process it just isn’t on their radar I don’t know.
At best it was maybe a preseason game and much is yet to come. I heard a lot I liked…. Just not all I hoped.
One big positive. After listening to the Republican debates I thought there was a real chance the next president might not be an adult. I feel like the chances of electing an adult are much better now