The Democratic Debate of 1/17/16
Clinton is a slick campaigner. She doesn't get flustered by attacks. She has a large store of experience that she brings into play as needed. But, she doesn't have answers to the big questions posed by Bernie Sanders.
The biggest, of course, being Clinton's receipt of big money from Wall Street. Her only response in this regard was to point out that O'Malley had at some point in the past also been a recipient of Wall Street money. Is there really anyone who thinks that those big contributions don't carry an obligation to keep hands off any major reform of the banking and financial systems?
The other big question came from one of the debate moderators. Clinton was asked why young voters overwhelmingly supported Bernie Sanders. Clinton didn't even try to offer an explanation. She said she hoped that group of voters would come around to supporting her. To be sure, it was not a question that can easily be answered in thirty seconds, which is about all the debate format allowed. However, one could make a start on the answer by putting yourself in the place of those voters. It is pretty clear to them, I imagine, that their future is bleak compared to what their parents and grandparents expected -- and got -- in many cases. A lot of young people won't go on to higher education for lack of funding. A lot who start won't finish, and yet will be saddled with massive debts. Many who do make it all the way to a degree won't find meaningful or rewarding work in their field. People with a high school degree or less will be trapped in jobs that are often short term, without health or pension benefits, and without power to bargain for better treatment. They know the score. They won't vote for Clinton.