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Leftward go the Democrats, a boon to Bernie

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 8:19 AM

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Matt Yglesias at Vox deems Bernie Sanders the winner and Hillary Clinton the loser of last night's Univision debate.

Sanders keeps pushing Clinton to the left, to the delight of many Democratic primary voters, while   Clinton attempts to move that direction without wholly eliminating any centrist appeal for the general election. She's left appearing in disarray.

All this also made Republicans the winner last night, Yglesias writes. Immigrants, too, suffered.

Clinton and Sanders, for example, rehearsed a now familiar dialogue in which she slams him for having opposed the bipartisan 2007 immigration reform bill after which Sanders explains he opposed it because it expanded guest worker programs that he regards as "akin to slavery."

Does that mean Sanders wants to eliminate these programs? Given that the US has several different classes of guest-worker visa, which ones specifically does he have a problem with? Does Clinton agree with his criticisms of them, even if they reached different conclusions about the merits of the 2007 law? Do the candidates think the current level of immigration to the United States is appropriate? Too high? Too low? What do they make of the rising anti-immigration sentiment in the Republican Party and how does that change their thinking about the path forward for legislation?
Clinton forces spun afterward how Sanders dodged past favorable comments about Fidel Castro and Daniel Ortega. Fair point, I think. I tend to think Sanders' current high rating among the general populace in polling on matches with Donald Trump stems at least in part from the general electorate's lack of information about Sanders beyond the fact that he's  an insurgent. Give Super PACs some time and voters will hear plenty about Sanders' warm remarks about a communist dictator and his socialism.

This Slate headline tells this particular part of the story.

Bernie Sanders Declines to Disavow Past Praise of Cuban Communism at Debate
But that's for later. For now, the headlines find pundits seeing trouble for Clinton in Ohio and perhaps elsewhere and a change of momentum that could alter the inclination of super delegates to follow through on pledges of support for her.

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