The Corner

Clinton Beats Token Opposition

My take on last night:

Hillary Clinton faced a moment of real jeopardy in the first Democratic debate. A lot of Democrats have been getting jittery about her poll numbers and her inability to put away stories about her e-mail server. A bad debate could have caused a panic, and maybe tipped Vice President Joe Biden toward running against her.

But Clinton triumphed. The other candidates failed to take multiple opportunities to disparage her ethics, her flip-flops and her electability. 

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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