[NEWS] 'Tuesday Night [Democratic] Club': A Recap of CNN's Democratic Debate
as Told Through Sheryl Crow Songs
By Skyler Gray
The Huffington Post
Sheryl Crow sang the National Anthem at CNN's October 13th Democratic presidential debate. It seems only appropriate to recap the event through her albums, songs, and lyrics, which are underlined below.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. PST, the 2016 Democratic candidates for President took the stage at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, Nevada: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United States Senator Bernie Sanders, former Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee, and former United States Senator Jim Webb. Rock star Sheryl Crow sang the National Anthem beautifully, and the Tuesday Night [Democratic] Club was off.
Debate moderator Anderson Cooper began by questioning each candidate on a particular voter concern. He questioned Secretary Clinton on her alleged inconsistencies in policy stances during her career. He questioned Senator Sanders on his socialist status. He questioned Governor O'Malley on his prior work as the Mayor of Baltimore. He questioned Governor Chafee on previously identifying as a Republican and an independent. And he questioned Senator Webb on his prior statements on affirmative action. Ouch. "The first cut is the deepest," right? (A Cat Stevens cover, but close enough.)
Secretary Clinton made clear early in the debate that she is certainly "strong enough to be [our] [wo]man" in the White House. She started off by fiercely arguing her stance on gun control--further proving her opening point that, come 2016, "finally, fathers will be able to say to their daughters, you, too, can grow up to be president."
Senator Sanders frequently and importantly mentioned the issue of climate change starting in his introductory statement. Senator Sanders stated that "climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and we have a moral responsibility" to address it. Later in the debate, he deemed climate change "a major crisis." "All [he] wan[ts] to do" is develop sustainable energy. In fact, when considering the candidates' debate remarks on the environment as a whole, all seem ready to get out those solar panels to "soak up the sun."
Governor Chafee was a bit of a "difficult kind" on the issue of Secretary Clinton's emails. After Senator Sanders exhaustively exclaimed "enough of the emails,"
Anderson Cooper questioned Governor Chafee on his recent public criticism of the situation. Instead of saying, like Sanders, that we simply "can't cry anymore" about it, Governor Chafee responded with a call for credibility amongst world leaders. In part, he stated, "I think we need someone that has the best in ethical standards as our next president."
Secretary Clinton declined to respond.
"If it makes you happy" to criticize the next President of the United States of America, then that is your prerogative, Governor Chafee.
The debate went on to address incredibly important and salient issues in the 2016 election cycle--race relations, education, immigration, veterans affairs, privacy, Wall Street, and much more--proving that "every [issue] is a winding road" and that positive "change would do [America] good."
Near the end of the debate, Anderson Cooper referenced President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's wise words, "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made," and asked each candidate, "Which enemy are you most proud of?"--cleverly revealing, to some extent, some of the debaters' "favorite mistake[s]."
And as the closing statements were made, the candidates' spirits were "anything but down."
The Secretary, the two Governors, and the two Senators said goodbye to the American audience. They are "leaving Las Vegas."