Baby Boomer radical politics found their way into Presidential race discourse tonight.
There were a number of remarkable moments in tonight’s Democratic Party debate. I actually think in terms of the questions and depth it was one of the best Presidential debates I’ve seen since the Obama-McCain foreign policy debate.
But there are two moments in particular which fascinated me. Bernie, who does not have Clinton’s depth of detail in foreign policy, He went philosophical in a strategy I think aimed at shoring up the youth vote, but also aimed at the Baby Boomers of the anti-war movement.
First he brought up the 1953 Iran coup – no problem slamming the Eisenhower. But took the left narrative of the blowback – I think the first time any Democratic Party Presidential candidate has done that. Obama didn’t. Kucinich. Jackson. McGovern. To my knowledge none of them critiqued our role or tried to present an historical perspective. He’s citing it as the philosophical basis of “judgment” with regard to the Iraq War vote – it’s a complex point and it may pry away a few older activists who’ve been supporting Clinton for pragmatic reasons.
And then came Kissinger. Who would have expected Kissinger to be a point of contention in the debate? Clinton sure didn’t expect it!
Video through the link.