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For all you South Carolinians out there who are interested in the political future of your country, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton (or how the Internet’s dubbed them lately – Those Two) had a chance to directly speak with the people of South Carolina at CNN’s Town Hall, delivering performances which were as mild as tea when you leave the teabag inside the cup shorter than you should. Neither of them managed to appear strong enough to close the deal with undecided voters and to lead them with a strong hand towards the voting booths, where they would surely win their support. And at this point, you’re all probably wondering how that is even possible, but the point is that neither candidate had any major ‘points’ throughout the evening.
In fact, much of what was heard was already said before by both candidates – it’s as if they just took their old speeches and went on to repeat them to make sure that everyone understood what they said in the first place. Whether or not that was their intention, the resulting effect was probably far from what they’d hoped it would be. The greatest revelation of the evening was the length and the pace of the questions asked by the South Carolinians. One lawyer should probably be nicknamed “The Chinese Wall,” for his question on the topic of the Supreme Court seemed like it would never end and it was possibly the longest question ever asked in a presidential forum.
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Another interesting thing to point out is how Hillary and Bernie seemed to have swapped their tactics for the time being. Bernie was swift to mention President Barack Obama’s name, which is something we’ve noticed Hillary doing over the past few weeks. She backfired when she mentioned the problem of income inequality, which is something of a Bernie Sanders signature move. Sanders looked upon his best (and last) chance to make a strong case for his candidacy to voters in the Palmetto State, where he’s faced with some serious latency compared to Clinton, but didn’t make much of it – he was definitely not the fiery Bernie Sanders who is able to make thousands of people across the country go ballistic. And let’s be honest for a second here, who can blame him?
We bet that even with the help of your toes, there’s no way you could use all your fingers to count all the times Sanders had to answer the exact same questions over and over again – the matter of paying for his college-for-all plan and universal health coverage. As usual, he went on to explain how he will utilize a combination of Wall Street taxes and a general raise in taxes that will “still leave most Americans better off overall.” One thing crossed our minds a couple of times, though: why in the world doesn’t anyone ask Bernie Sanders how we are planning on paying for our wars and overseas military operations.
However, not everything was as catastrophic as it sounds. Sanders had a bright moment when he called out the unparalleled obstruction and disrespect that President Obama went through during his career, reminding viewers that racism still represents a real and dangerous threat.
To quote him:
“My dad, as I mentioned, came from Poland. I’m running for President. Guess what? Nobody has asked for my birth certificate. Maybe it’s the color of my skin, I don’t know!”
He also seemed absolutely sincere when he openly said that he liked Clinton and that he was proud to run a principled campaign, for which he does get a high-five because there’s always room for more honesty.
Hillary Clinton was given a slightly better chance of proving that she’s a master of the art of rhetoric, at least as far as the questions are concerned, but she also failed to make a big impact. She did field the foreign policy questions – all in her wheelhouse – and she spoke quite frankly about systemic racism in society, but it wasn’t enough to cause any jaws to drop, leaving us to wonder where their spines wandered off to for the evening.