Bernie Helps The Donald
“I don’t take money from big banks,” Bernie Sanders said in Sunday night’s debate. I don’t get big speaking fees from Goldman Sachs.”
You could see by Hillary’s reaction that Bernie scored. Hillary always has had problems –while she is being attacked in a debate – with how she looks in reaction, on camera. At least this time she did not commence that never-ending laugh (when she is nervous or lying) that reminds us of yesteryear’s Boris Karloff. She did manage the look of that proverbial deer caught in the headlights. And then, before an audience overwhelmingly African-American, Hillary was reduced to this defense – that President Obama (and it is, after all, heresy before this audience to criticize Obama in any way) — has accepted contributions from Wall Street.
Even the nerdy Martin O’Malley joined in the attack. O’Malley is known, of course, for his reliance on jargon. He sounds like he is speaking before Silicon Valley on the politics of megabytes. He surely is admired for his trenchant observations, as in this debate when in a burst of wisdom he exclaimed, “Wages should go up rather than down.” And so he attacked Hillary by noting, actually correctly, that she has defended her “cozy relationship with Wall Street” by bringing up 9/11. Soon he was talking about Hillary and Bernie both taking cops off the beat on Wall Street, by which he meant regulators who oversee the banks and brokerages.
All this back-and-forth in plain English took its toll on Hillary, who responded with this esoteric Inside-the-Beltway observation that O’Malley, when he chaired the Democratic Governors Association, took money from Wall Street. Perhaps a debate coach somewhere thought Hillary landed a punch, but she was caught in the cross-hairs – both her opponents had agreed that she was bought and paid for by Wall Street.