I’ve had to go to a lot of local meetings in my town the last few days, so I’m missing Barack Obama in for Phil Murphy today in Newark, but also I had to miss seeing two debates that both happened last night, one Jersey and one national; the face-off between Murphy and Guadagno up at William Paterson University but also the debate between Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz on tax policy.
This is one of the things I like best about Bernie Sanders; the guy will go anywhere and talk to anybody – Trump voters in Wisconsin, disaffected Democrats in states Hillary lost alongside DNC’s Tom Perez, would-be Obamacare take-down artists Bill Cassidy & Lindsay Graham on why his single-payer proposals are better. Seriously, this guy doesn’t need to be focus-grouped, he doesn’t need 8 consultants massaging how he phrases things, and he doesn’t insult and alienate people who see stuff differently *cough* Hillary *cough*. He’s not afraid of anybody, he knows what he thinks and he’s looking to find common ground.
Even, goddess help us, with Ted Cruz, who I have to say is about the dumbest, most tightly-wound pipsqueak that ever walked the marble halls of Congress. Bernie wouldn’t call him that though; senators mostly manage not to, a superpower I don’t have.
Below, the full debate, 49 minutes (skip ad after 5 seconds). Oh and also? Denmark RULES (you’ll see).