With Hillary slipping in the polls, DNC suddenly thinks another debate is a good idea

posted at 8:01 am on January 21, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

One of the larger embarrassments for the Democrats this year has been DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s stubborn insistence that there would only be a few debates before the voting begins and they would be held on weekends when nobody was watching. She has continually insisted that this was the best way for their candidates to showcase their talents and get their message out. In fact, when the protests from not only Sanders and O’Malley but large segments of their base grew the loudest, Debbie Downer drew a bright red line in the sand and threatened to break out the ban hammer. (Bloomberg, from October)

“We’re not changing the process. We’re having six debates,” she said. “We’re having six debates and the candidates will be uninvited from any subsequent debates if they accept an invitation to a debate outside the six DNC-sanctioned debates.”

Whoa. Strong language and a firm stance. You kind of have to admire that, right? Except her plan to arrange a smooth trajectory for Hillary’s coronation has run into some trouble of late, what with Sanders inconveniently taking the lead in the early primary states. But wonders never cease and a miracle seems to have occurred. All of a sudden there’s a new debate taking place this coming Monday, and it’s happening in prime time on CNN. (Vanity Fair)

A last-minute town-hall-style event, announced Wednesday by CNN and scheduled to take place just one week before the Iowa caucuses, could be a saving grace for Hillary Clinton, whose presidential campaign has faced an unexpectedly formidable challenge from Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

The prime-time gathering will air Monday at nine P.M., a huge change from the three debates that the Democratic National Committee scheduled on inconvenient weekend nights.

Clearly there was some coordination with DWS going on here because she’s got an easy out built into the formula when reporters come to challenger on the blatant, hypocritical flip flop. This isn’t a debate, you see. It’s a town hall style event. That will probably come as a disappointment to Sanders in particular since the candidates won’t be able to answer, challenge or attack each other directly. But all three will get a turn with the moderator in front of what could potentially be a sizable audience.

This seems like something of a desperation move on the part of the Clinton campaign because they run the risk of a moderator asking uncomfortable questions about the new Benghazi movie or the FBI circling like hawks over the remains of her bathroom based email server brimming with Beyond Top Secret documents. So why do it? Moe Lane at RedState smells panic in the air.

[T]he important thing here is that this is a last-minute change to the mechanism. And, like most last-minute changes of this type, it reeks of nervous terror and failure. The Democratic party Establishment does not want to run a white, old, socialist-loving ideologue… but they want to run Bernie Sanders even less, so they need to prop up Hillary Clinton somehow, it seems. And this would be ‘somehow.’

So will DWS “uninvite” all three of them from the remaining debates after the voting begins? Unlikely to say the least. But given the growing stench of scandal around the Clinton campaign right now, this one might actually be worth tuning in for. Clinton sat down with Jake Tapper this past weekend on State of the Union and he asked her directly if anyone from the FBI had contacted her yet. There was a dramatic pause while she stared daggers at him before she gave the single word answer, “No.”

That was some Must See TV, and if they drag Tapper in for this town hall on Monday we may see more of the same. Get out the popcorn, folks. This may prove to be entertaining.

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Root for Bernie to keep surging, people. If nothing else because indies in NH can pick which primary to vote in and they either like Bernie or Kasich.

Gingotts on January 21, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Payoff made. Bernie has agreed to spit and pound the podium with his shoe and say something about issuing white people permits to use the toilet.

Limerick on January 21, 2016 at 8:07 AM

But, the more people see Bernie, the more people like him. Love this.

libfreeordie on January 21, 2016 at 8:07 AM

…they need one a week!…after six weeks…O’Malley will get a minute of time in.

JugEarsButtHurt on January 21, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Comic Commie Central
CCC

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Won’t work. Hillary is like ¡La Jebita! The more you see of her, the lower her polls go.

Magicjava on January 21, 2016 at 8:08 AM

This is CNN
They won’t mention benghazi or the emails

Softballs my friend

cmsinaz on January 21, 2016 at 8:08 AM

Love this.

libfreeorgan on January 21, 2016 at 8:07 AM

…come on now!…you love Bernie’s butt!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 21, 2016 at 8:09 AM

they run the risk of a moderator asking uncomfortable questions

Bwahahahahah!!!! CNN??

That made my morning.

BacaDog on January 21, 2016 at 8:12 AM

they run the risk of a moderator asking uncomfortable questions about the new Benghazi movie or the FBI circling like hawks over the remains of her bathroom based email server brimming with Beyond Top Secret documents.

ROFLMAO!!!!! Ya think Jazz…willing to wager???

winston on January 21, 2016 at 8:13 AM

Bernie will fake a heart attack…Hillary will jump over and pound on his chest and bring him back to life.
“A Miracle”, the crowds will roar.

albill on January 21, 2016 at 8:13 AM

The Donks will never let Bernie get the nom under any circumstance.

It’s Hillary’s to lose unless her health and/or internal polling goes real bad. Then, all bets are off.

Imagine the Dem civil war you’d see then.

fortcoins on January 21, 2016 at 8:13 AM

The more people have an opportunity to see what an unlikeable harpy Hillary is, the worse he does.

Racistanyway on January 21, 2016 at 8:15 AM

But, the more people see Bernie, the more people like him. Love this.

libfreeordie on January 21, 2016 at 8:07 AM

I love it too! He’d get walloped in the general no matter who the nominee is!

bernzright777 on January 21, 2016 at 8:16 AM

But, the more people see Bernie, the more people like him. Love this.

libfreeordie on January 21, 2016 at 8:07 AM

The man is out of his mind in terms of his views(climate change caused ISIS?), but at least he’s willing to point out how politicians are bought and paid for and how corrupt DC is. That is refreshing to hear no matter which side of the aisle it’s coming from.

Doughboy on January 21, 2016 at 8:19 AM

If hiding Hillary is responsible for her poll drop, just wait till they find out how much they drop when they put Hildabeast, cankles, cackles, and Ice Queen persona all on display in Prime Time!

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:20 AM

The man is out of his mind in terms of his views(climate change caused ISIS?), but at least he’s willing to point out how politicians are bought and paid for and how corrupt DC is. That is refreshing to hear no matter which side of the aisle it’s coming from.

Doughboy on January 21, 2016 at 8:19 AM

There is no doubt that Comrade Senator Sanders would be better than Comrade Pantsuit. Not that this is saying much.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:21 AM

Clearly there was some coordination with DWS going on here because she’s got an easy out built into the formula when reporters come to challenger challenge her on the blatant, hypocritical flip flop.

Spellcheck doesn’t substitute for proofreading, Jazz.

GrumpyOldFart on January 21, 2016 at 8:23 AM

There is no doubt that Comrade Senator Sanders would be better than Comrade Pantsuit. Not that this is saying much.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:21 AM

Horse turds don’t smell as bad as cat turds, either. Yeah, and?

GrumpyOldFart on January 21, 2016 at 8:25 AM

Her Royal Thighness will reject more debates, especially in prime time. She knows that the more she’s seen (and worse, heard) the less popular she becomes…

But I think DWS thinks this is the best shot at keeping her “job” since extra debates will only benefit Comrade Senator Sanders. Hillary already wants to replace her with her own crony, such as Cheryl Mills or another Clintonista of proven loyalty.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:28 AM

The man is out of his mind in terms of his views(climate change caused ISIS?), but at least he’s willing to point out how politicians are bought and paid for and how corrupt DC is. That is refreshing to hear no matter which side of the aisle it’s coming from.

Doughboy on January 21, 2016 at 8:19 AM

Yep, that’s gold in an election centered around frustration with DC that transcends even party label.

I have to respectfully disagree with bernzright a few posts up above. Bernie is the scarier general election candidate. He can promise free crap, seem outsider-y enough to sound sincere about making it work (it’s absurdly impractical but idiocracy isn’t concerned with details), and he doesn’t automatically turn off men and blue collar voters every time he opens his mouth.

Hillary is the paper tiger that gets walloped in the general no matter what. She’s in panic mode from a guy who was supposed to be cannon fodder, and wasn’t even trying to win for most of this.

Root for Bernie to keep surging through NH, to distract the otherwise Kasich/Jeb voters. But long-term it’s better for us if Hillary survives, bloodied and weakened, having thoroughly alienated all blue collar men and populists in a nasty primary fight. It doesn’t have to be just our side with the circular firing squad.

Gingotts on January 21, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Root for Bernie to keep surging through NH, to distract the otherwise Kasich/Jeb voters. But long-term it’s better for us if Hillary survives, bloodied and weakened, having thoroughly alienated all blue collar men and populists in a nasty primary fight. It doesn’t have to be just our side with the circular firing squad.

Gingotts on January 21, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Honestly, either of them should be easy to beat. But Hillary with all her baggage will be easier than the Comrade Senator.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:29 AM

Horse turds don’t smell as bad as cat turds, either. Yeah, and?

GrumpyOldFart on January 21, 2016 at 8:25 AM

Would ¡Jeb! or any of the other GOPe Fluketards smell any better? I think not.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM

they run the risk of a moderator asking uncomfortable questions about the new Benghazi movie or the FBI circling like hawks over the remains of her bathroom based email server brimming with Beyond Top Secret documents.
ROFLMAO!!!!! Ya think Jazz…willing to wager???
winston on January 21, 2016 at 8:13 AM

Sooo, haaah: That “bathroom server” was what the twit was “checking” in that earlier debate?

RL on January 21, 2016 at 8:35 AM

Honestly, either of them should be easy to beat. But Hillary with all her baggage will be easier than the Comrade Senator.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:29 AM

There’s a lot of really ugly Bernie oppo out there. Hillary’s team will use it, certainly if they lose IA/NH. Of course if Bernie weathers the storm the wagons will circle. Then any of it that we use will be discredited and we’ll be called anti-Semitic or something. Just as the Birther stuff originated with Hillary but wasn’t racist until Tea Party types started looking at it.

Gingotts on January 21, 2016 at 8:36 AM

Maybe a special appearance by Joe Biden?

hip shot on January 21, 2016 at 8:36 AM

Every.Single.Democrat I know – and I know A LOT of democrats – wants Bernie. Every.Single.One.

djl130 on January 21, 2016 at 8:36 AM

Has CNN found the plane yet?

Galtian on January 21, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Team Hillary is grasping at straws and in PANIC mode.

Their candidate, Hillary, is a hideous, unlikable, dishonest, lying haggardly shrew…with a speaking voice that is shrill, unpleasant, and grates on nerves.

Team Hillary original plan, and deal with DNC, WAS their best and only viable option.
Keep Hillary under wraps, rope off people, select audiences,
limit debates, schedule them at odd times, discourage any real competition. Coronate Hillary without any fight.

The original plan has failed big time. It was the only option for Hillary

Hillary is doomed.

BigSven on January 21, 2016 at 8:39 AM

Ho Chi Min vs. Imelda Marcos: The Cage Match.

Galtian on January 21, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Hillary should come out wearing a tall jeweled crown, while riding on a gilded cart pulled by Bill Clinton.
And Hillary will have a whip.
And she knows how to use it.
And cackles. Lots of cackling. And yelling over and over “War on Women!!!”

albill on January 21, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Biden missed a golden opportunity to have the Dem nomination handed to him. Maybe it’s better that somebody that dumb isn’t part of the process.

HiJack on January 21, 2016 at 8:47 AM

If Wasserman democrat elites and the liberal CNN are setting this up I doubt it will be anything but a powder-puff session to enhance Hillary’s chances. No really hard questions for the Hildabeast however loudly they scream to be asked.

Chessplayer on January 21, 2016 at 8:50 AM

But given the growing stench of scandal around the Clinton campaign right now, this one might actually be worth tuning in for.

Nope. That’s your job. I’m no masochist and can get the lowlights from TV and the internet.

MJBrutus on January 21, 2016 at 8:51 AM

Hillary and poll should never be used in the same sentence.

Just sayin’.

Pain Train on January 21, 2016 at 8:51 AM

Like I’ve been saying…we’ll have a Republican President…..who will it be is the only question.

Cherokee on January 21, 2016 at 8:51 AM

Every.Single.Democrat I know – and I know A LOT of democrats – wants Bernie. Every.Single.One.

djl130 on January 21, 2016 at 8:36 AM

My leftwing communist 60’s hippie parents among them.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Like I’ve been saying…we’ll have a Republican President…..who will it be is the only question.

Cherokee on January 21, 2016 at 8:51 AM

About all Trump can do to lose it at this point would be to get into kitten sacrifice on stage at his rallies.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:53 AM

If they want Hillary’s number to rebound, they should be put her face on television LESS not MORE.

PackerBronco on January 21, 2016 at 8:56 AM

If they want Hillary’s number to rebound, they should be put her face on television LESS not MORE.

PackerBronco on January 21, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Or Billy Jeff needs to have some bimbo eruptions.

Hillary is most popular when Bill gets caught sleeping around on her.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:58 AM

So who will be allocating the tickets to this Town Hall meeting? Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC? CNN? The candidate’s campaigns themselves based on the size of the meeting area?

Hillary’s already been caught a couple of times using planted questioners at her ‘spontaneous’ public Q and A sessions. If Debbie has any say in this, the Town Hall is going to be packed with Clinton supporters who’ll fire puffballs at their candidate while laying into Bernie and the problems with his far left programs, or toss out accusatory claims started by Team Clinton that Sanders wants to kill Obamacare.

While it will be momentarily fun to see a Town Hall audience ask leading questions to a progressive, it will only be in service to saving Hillary’s bacon, in the same way past Town Halls have been rigged to help the Clintons, going back to Pony Tail Guy during the 1992 campaign.

jon1979 on January 21, 2016 at 9:13 AM

But, the more people see Bernie, the more people like him. Love this.

libfreeordie on January 21, 2016 at 8:07 AM

If Jeffrey Dahmer were debating Hillary, he’d come off as likable in comparison also. So it’s really not a shock.

Fenris on January 21, 2016 at 9:31 AM

One of the larger embarrassments for the Democrats this year has been DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s stubborn insistence that there would only be a few debates before the voting begins and they would be held on weekends when nobody was watching.

Could have stopped right there, Jazz.

Pain Train on January 21, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Have the celebrities boycotting the Academy Awards taken a good look at the Democrat candidates running for president? They look about the same as the Oscar voters. Actually, if O’Malley dropped out, they’d be older.

Fallon on January 21, 2016 at 10:31 AM

Aw. ‘Rats!!! There won’t even be any NFL playoffs to watch instead of the Dem debate!

Steve Z on January 21, 2016 at 10:35 AM

scheduled on inconvenient weekend nights.

That word doesn’t mean what you think it does.

Patriot Vet on January 21, 2016 at 10:50 AM

It’s tragic that O’Mally is the least objectionable of the lot.

Count to 10 on January 21, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Camp Hill (dahling)’s oppo research meeting:

‘Let’s portray Sanders as a wild-eyed Communist.’

‘Isn’t he saying that himself already? And isn’t our candidate the same?’

jangle12 on January 21, 2016 at 11:15 AM

But, the more people see Bernie, the more people like him. Love this.

libfreeordie on January 21, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Things are getting pretty crazy when lib says something we can all agree with.

The man is out of his mind in terms of his views(climate change caused ISIS?), but at least he’s willing to point out how politicians are bought and paid for and how corrupt DC is. That is refreshing to hear no matter which side of the aisle it’s coming from.

Doughboy on January 21, 2016 at 8:19 AM

There is no doubt that Comrade Senator Sanders would be better than Comrade Pantsuit. Not that this is saying much.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:21 AM

but at least he’s willing to point out how politicians are bought and paid for and how corrupt DC is.

Yep, that’s gold in an election centered around frustration with DC that transcends even party label.

I have to respectfully disagree with bernzright a few posts up above. Bernie is the scarier general election candidate. He can promise free crap, seem outsider-y enough to sound sincere about making it work (it’s absurdly impractical but idiocracy isn’t concerned with details), and he doesn’t automatically turn off men and blue collar voters every time he opens his mouth.

Hillary is the paper tiger that gets walloped in the general no matter what. She’s in panic mode from a guy who was supposed to be cannon fodder, and wasn’t even trying to win for most of this.

Root for Bernie to keep surging through NH, to distract the otherwise Kasich/Jeb voters. But long-term it’s better for us if Hillary survives, bloodied and weakened, having thoroughly alienated all blue collar men and populists in a nasty primary fight. It doesn’t have to be just our side with the circular firing squad.

Gingotts on January 21, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Intellectually, you may be correct, but I would never underestimate the power of the Clinton Machine.

Every.Single.Democrat I know – and I know A LOT of democrats – wants Bernie. Every.Single.One.

djl130 on January 21, 2016 at 8:36 AM

My leftwing communist 60’s hippie parents among them.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Several other HotAirians have similar testimonials.

Thread-winner:

Ho Chi Min vs. Imelda Marcos: The Cage Match.

Galtian on January 21, 2016 at 8:40 AM

AesopFan on January 21, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Clearly there was some coordination with DWS going on here because she’s got an easy out built into the formula when reporters come to challenger challenge her on the blatant, hypocritical flip flop.

Spellcheck doesn’t substitute for proofreading, Jazz.

GrumpyOldFart on January 21, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Nah, it’s just the new condensed-verbalization-spelling-reform at work, nowatimean?

AesopFan on January 21, 2016 at 11:49 AM

If Wasserman democrat elites and the liberal CNN are setting this up I doubt it will be anything but a powder-puff session to enhance Hillary’s chances. No really hard questions for the Hildabeast however loudly they scream to be asked.

Chessplayer on January 21, 2016 at 8:50 AM

Indubitably.

So who will be allocating the tickets to this Town Hall meeting? Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC? CNN? The candidate’s campaigns themselves based on the size of the meeting area?

Hillary’s already been caught a couple of times using planted questioners at her ‘spontaneous’ public Q and A sessions. If Debbie has any say in this, the Town Hall is going to be packed with Clinton supporters who’ll fire puffballs at their candidate while laying into Bernie and the problems with his far left programs, or toss out accusatory claims started by Team Clinton that Sanders wants to kill Obamacare.

While it will be momentarily fun to see a Town Hall audience ask leading questions to a progressive, it will only be in service to saving Hillary’s bacon, in the same way past Town Halls have been rigged to help the Clintons, going back to Pony Tail Guy during the 1992 campaign.

jon1979 on January 21, 2016 at 9:13 AM

The script is already written, but they aren’t giving copies to Bern and Martin.
Kind of along the lines of Candy Crowley’s Greatest Hits.

AesopFan on January 21, 2016 at 11:51 AM

Terrific idea!

Every time the people see and hear more from this woman the more they detest her.

nikophil on January 21, 2016 at 3:17 PM

“If we could just hurry things along and get Hillary nominated already, they’d never indict her after that.”

— DNC

Oxymoron on January 21, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Sanders is working for the Clinton campaign. Can’t imagine how much money they’re pumping the socialist’s way, but it’s gotta be a lot. He’ll use this new debate to rescue her sinking campaign — like he’s been told to do.

Rational Thought on January 21, 2016 at 4:07 PM

There is no doubt that Comrade Senator Sanders would be better than Comrade Pantsuit. Not that this is saying much.

ConstantineXI on January 21, 2016 at 8:21 AM

Yes, but he has a shorter “use-by” time. He will probably expire of natural causes before she does.

They still have the death penalty for treason, though; don’t they?

ReggieA on January 21, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Sanders is working for the Clinton campaign. Can’t imagine how much money they’re pumping the socialist’s way, but it’s gotta be a lot. He’ll use this new debate to rescue her sinking campaign — like he’s been told to do.

Rational Thought on January 21, 2016 at 4:07 PM

I don’t doubt he’s not trying to win. I don’t doubt that he’ll deliberately be crazy in an attempt to save Hillary. I do doubt that they understand just how batcrap their electorate is. Because he’s done all this before, and it hasn’t slowed The Bern.

So when he goes up there and talks about how Stalin wasn’t too bad and maybe he and Alf Landon could have a unity ticket and if vampires drink blood and turn into bats do they have to pee more because of all the liquid in a smaller body – the electorate will look at him and cheer. Because he’s still more lucid than the rest of the left.

Gingotts on January 22, 2016 at 1:28 AM