Any presidential debate that involves Bernie Sanders is going to have its share of offbeat moments. But Tuesday night offered a little bit of nuttiness from everyone.
Combing through the transcript of the debate, I found these 25 head-scratchers.
Let the crazy flow.
1) “My name is Martin O’Malley, former Mayor of Baltimore.”
Really, do you want anyone to vote for you? It’s a credential he ought to bury, but instead they were the first words out of his mouth.
As Anderson Cooper asked, in an obvious follow-up question, “Why should Americans trust you with the country when they see what’s going on in the city that you ran for more than seven years?”
It was not, but should be, a rhetorical question.
2) “I have a range of views.”
This is the kernel of Hillary Clinton’s delightfully deranged answer to the question, “Do you change your political identity based on who you’re talking to?” Here is the longer version: “No. I think that, like most people that I know, I have a range of views, but they are rooted in my values and my experience.”
But saying you have “a range of views” is just a way of saying “yes” to the question. It reminds me of the old Groucho Marx line: “These are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.”
Much later in the debate, she offered this description of her evolving views. “Well, you know, everybody on this stage has changed a position or two. We’ve been around a cumulative quite some period of time. You know, we know that if you are learning, you’re gonna change your position. I never took a position on Keystone until I took a position on Keystone.”
That really clears it up.
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