Episode #103: Democrats Debate in Des Moines

The second Democratic presidential debate, held last Saturday in Iowa, was nothing like the first.  In the initial debate, the contentiousness and differences were kept to a minimum.  Last Saturday, there was no hesitation in Bernie Sanders hitting Hillary Clinton over her 2002 vote to go to war in Iraq, charging that the violence and mayhem going on today — including the ISIS attacks in Paris — are a direct consequence of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Both Sanders and Martin O’Malley, the third Democrat in the race, went after Clinton on her ties to Wall Street and the big banks.  But, as Kathie Obradovich — a political columnist for the Des Moines Register and one of the debate panelists — points out, the biggest damage to Clinton may have been self-inflicted:  her decision to invoke 9/11 for why she has received so much money from Wall Street.

We’re only days away from the runoff for governor in Louisiana.  It’s a state where Obama’s numbers are miserable.  But so are the numbers for Bobby Jindal, the term-limited Republican governor.  And David Vitter, the GOP Senator who is seeking to succeed Jindal, still has problems over his past involvement in an escort service.  John Bel Edwards, the Democratic nominee, is leading in all the polls.  Jeremy Alford of LApolitics.com says it’s one of the most bizarre races he’s ever covered.

And we go back 37 years to the horror of November 18, 1978, where California Congressman Leo Ryan, who went to the Guyana commune of Jonestown to investigate conditions in that so-called “socialist utopia,” was murdered along with four other people … actions that were followed by the unimaginable forced mass suicide of more than 900 people, ordered by cult leader Jim Jones.

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