Last night's debate might have had a real impact on undecided Democratic voters had any of them been watching it. Somehow, though, I suspect the audience was comprised primarily of persons already committed to either Bernie or Hillary. Might any of them been swayed towards the other side? Maybe. Probably not.
Partisan towards Bernie, I thought my candidate did an excellent job of casting Hillary in the role of toady to the rich, with special emphasis on big banks and big pharma. Hillary did well portraying Bernie as soft on the NRA; but gun control is far down the list of important issues to most Democrats. Martin O'Malley (whom I do not believe is angling for a vice-presidential spot) joined in on both attacks, and will be a man to watch in 2020 or 2024.
Is Hillary being honest when she says Bernie wants to "destroy Obamacare?" No. He'd like to replace it with a far superior single payer system, but nobody in her right mind could think he wants to first cancel the Affordable Care Act and only then work towards "Medicare for all." Would Bernie be able to get his ideal single payer system if he were elected? No, but if nobody even is willing to talk about single payer, it will never become a real possibility.
Bernie stands against kleptocratic plutocracy, which pulls the strings of our alleged "government by the people," and has been with us roughly forever. Okay, maybe it is inevitable, but that doesn't mean we have to like it, nor just roll over and accept it.
Hillary is a better option than some others — pick any of the Republicans — but she should not go into the election thinking of herself as the ideal Democrat. (O'Malley is working hard to win that title. Yes, definitely keep him in mind for the future.) Personally, I think Bernie actually could win the presidency if matched against many of the Republican contenders. Maybe he would have a very frustrating one-term presidency, but it would signal an historic shift in American consciousness.
Now that the Republicans are tearing themselves apart, why should the Democrats step in to take on the role of defenders of corporate dominion? (Answer: so Democratic politicians can dig their hands deeper into the corporate goody bag.)