Clinton and Sanders debate progressivism, speaking fees.

Clinton and Sanders debate progressivism, speaking fees, tonight it’s MSNBC.
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IT WAS the best night Bernie Sanders has had. He showed up with a different demeanor and was sharing his most presidential persona. It made Hillary Clinton’s job all that much harder but she not only looked like a completely different candidate than when she started this campaign. Hillary had spectacular moments of vulnerability and radical candor that were delivered in a pitch perfect manner.

As a woman watching Clinton, I could hear in her answers foreshadowing of what a woman at the highest level of leadership could teach women and girls. Some of her responses delivering sage witness to the struggles and challenges of being a woman traversing the most competitive levels on earth.

Hillary Clinton’s inability to reach and draw young people to her campaign continues to be a real challenge for her campaign which she conceded last night.

After Tuesday’s back and forth on who’s progressive and what it means, Clinton had a good moment when she talked about Sanders being the “gatekeeper on who’s progressive.” But then said, “So I’m not going to let that bother me. I know where I stand.”

“I do not know any progressive who has a super PAC and takes $15 million from Wall Street. That’s just not progressive. As I mentioned earlier, the key foreign policy vote of modern American history was the war in Iraq. The progressive community was pretty united in saying, ‘Don’t listen to Bush. Don’t go to war.’ Secretary Clinton voted to go to war.” – Bernie Sanders

Sanders had to make an impression different from what people see during his speeches that are excerpted and blasted across cable. The crazy socialist label was obliterated. The secular aspect that has people of faith wondering about him was also answered.

“I would not be running for president of the United States if I did not have very strong religious and spiritual feelings. So my spirituality is that we are all in this together and that when children go hungry, when veterans sleep out on the street, it impacts me. That’s my very strong spiritual feeling.” – Bernie Sanders

Clinton openly grappled with a question she’d never gotten before, she said, about the right of each person to end their life as they choose. She talked about her husband who has such natural gifts and the difference. Then the exchange with the rabbi that was spellbinding to me. He asked what keeps her humble while in the whirlwind of ego that is required to run for president.

From CNN

Clinton cited Catholic priest Henri Nouwen’s book “The Return of the Prodigal Son.”

“It basically is practice the discipline of gratitude,” she said, explaining that limitations necessitate? reaching out to more people, that critics should be heard.

“But at the end, be grateful. Practice the discipline of gratitude,” she said. “And that has helped me enormously.”

However, one question caught people’s attention more than any other because Clinton’s answer was appalling. Of course, it’s Wall Street.

Cooper asked: “Did you have to be paid $675,000?”

Clinton began her answer: “I don’t know, that’s what they offered.” She added that her talk on the campaign trail of prosecuting Wall Street’s bad actors has reversed big bankers’ perceptions of her.

“They’re not giving me very much money now, I can tell you that much,” she said. “Fine with me.”

Just once I wish some woman had the bravery to stand up and ask Hillary Clinton her advice in getting top speaking fees. Seriously, just because you speak at someone’s event doesn’t mean you’re on the take. I understand the exorbitant fee makes people bristle but she’s been first lady of Arkansas, first lady of the United States of America, saved the Democratic Party from her husband’s rogue penis, Senator from New York, almost became the 2008 Democratic nominee by getting 18 million votes, then went on to be Secretary of State, which required rescuing our neglected diplomatic foreign service objectives from the Bush-Cheney dustbin, while fighting to keep State’s share of the budget from being gobbled up greedy Pentagon and Defense Department types.

But there is no doubt her answer didn’t cut it though I’m not sure any answer would.

Tonight Clinton and Sanders will sit next to each other and debate, with moderators Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow sure to push them both into conversations that have the potential to ignite sparks.