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are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails. >> thank you. me, too. [ applause ] >> welcome to the journal editorial report. that was bernie sanders tuesday night in the first democratic presidential debate giving front-runner hillary clinton a pass on the e-mail scandal that's dogged her campaign so far. sanders and his fellow democrats on the debate stage aren't the only ones ready to dismiss the issue. with president obama telling steve kroft on "60 minutes" clinton's use of a private server didn't pose a national security risk. >> i can tell you that this is not a situation in which america's national security was in danger. we don't get an impression that here there was purposely efforts to hide something or to squirrel away information. >> is it clear sailing for hillary clinton from here? let's ask "wall street journal" columnist and deputy editor dan
henninger, assistant ed tor james freeman and washington columnist kim strassel. you wrote this week, kim, you thought bernie sanders comments about the e-mails were bad politics. despite the big applause she got in the room and a handshake from hillary clinton. why do you think that? >> it was political malpractice. look, hillary clinton was up there and was basically coronated. you had four other men who gave her a pass on her greatest vulnerability and a legitimate issue, by the way, for the public to understand what's gone on. they were largely unfit to debate with her on stage about issues. she ran circles around them. you know, bernie sanders likes to talk about how he 's in favor of the 99%. and this is an issue he should have brought up for that reason. she's a person that believes she doesn't have to play by the rules of the 99%. >> here is an argument sanders
would make. democrats don't want to hear this. there is no audience within the democratic party for this kind of criticism. it would hurt me if i did it. >> if he thinks this progressive wing he's courting is going to elect him alone and he's never going to be president. it is independents, swing state voters. there are people that do have an abiding interest in what happened with mrs. clinton's server. if he wants to win the race he has to address it at some point. >> clear sailing from here, dan? >> i think so. the x factor is the fbi investigation. we don't know where it's going. >> by and large, i think the party has concluded she will be the nominee and barring an economic or global melt down it probably is going to win the presidency. i think they are making that bet as well. you have to understand this is bill and hillary clinton. if you really get too far out in front and thwarting her past and the presidency, you are going to
be punished by them and the democratic party. they are stepping back. >> that explains why martin o'malley was so tender to her. he wants a future in the party. >> hho secretary. >> what about joe biden? the conventional wisdom is that hillary clinton boxed him out from getting in. do you agree? >> i think he may need another event, a new disclosure to have a pretext to get into the race. >> time's running out. >> i don't think he's necessarily out of it. what that did is clarify for him the opportunity. we have been saying for a while. >> for the lack of opportunity? >> well, there is enough material out there for someone who has the will to go after her on ethics. on violations of law, the classified e-mail she kept at home. violations of the federal records act. if someone wants to make the case it's there. he now understands that's his opening if he wants. >> is it there with democratic primary voters? that's my question.
there may be in the general election. i agree with you. what about with democratic voters? >> bernie sanders obviously knows more about his voters than i do. he's seen polls we haven't. i think it is very unlikely that a lot of that idealistic vote he's carrying now has nothing to do with clinton corruption. has nothing to do with people turned off by the clinton machine and all of its weird alliances and fund raising operations. i think there is an opportunity. >> kim, what did you make of president obama's comments about the e-mail scandal saying there was no intent. no national security problem, number one. number two there was no intent to violate federal law. was that a signal to the fbi? >> it was an enormous signal to the fbi saying back off. don't go after the woman who was likely to be our nominee. by the way, paul, this is a habit of the president. think about it. he did the same thing back when the fbi was supposedly
investigating and supposedly is still investigating the irs scandal. it only took a few months after the revelations about the targeting that happened. he came out and was dismissing it. within a few months of that he had declared there was not a, quote, smidgen of corruption. there is no way he knows what happened with hillary's server. this isn't him givinginformatio. this is him giving orders. >> how does he know what was in her mind? >> he can't know. at all. who knows? they are playing with fire here, paul. they start leaning on the fbi. the fbi at the level of the investigati investigation. if they think they are being suppressed by the white house. the director of the fbi is in an impossible situation now. people will think --
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so, same time next week? well, of course. there is a lot that i would like to do to build on the successes of president obama. but also as i'm laying out to go beyond. that's in my economic plan, how i would deal with the prescription drug companies, how i would deal with college, how i would deal with a full range of issues i have been talking about throughout this campaign to go further. >> hillary clinton at tuesday night's debate promising to
continue the policies of the obama administration and then some. so are democrats offering anything new headed into 2016? the interesting thing i found from that debate about the democratic party, they think the economy is lousy. time and again they said middle class is taking it on the chin. that the rich are benefitting. this is after seven years where they have held the white house. is that good politics? why are they doing it? >> it's odd. you look at the performance here. she talks about building on the success s. 1970s level s of people in the work force. slow growth in wages. >> she made the case also that in equality is terrible and growing. she echoed that. the others, martin o'malley, bernie sanders, the middle class is just getting crushed. >> yes. fundamental disconnect. they are saying how much they appreciate what the president
has done and want to take it further while also saying the economy is terrible. this is a message that i think they have to be careful. it is very -- it was obviously popular in the room the oh night with partisan democrats and the hard-core is no doubt on board. for independents, this will be a tough sell. it raises a question of why she's going so far to the left. after this debate, she may decide there is not much competition. now she can come back to the middle. >> the argument is things are lousy, but it's not our fault. >> that's exactly right. they've got to make that argument. i keep saying, paul, i'm convinced the modern democratic party literally no longer understands how the private economy works. it is a complete abstraction to them. their solution is more of the same which is more state policy to force the economy to perform. minimum wage, $15. more regulation. policies like that.
how do you pay for all of this? by taxing. as bernie sanders said he was going to put a tax on wall street speculation to pay for tuition-free college. >> it's preposterous. >> the french tried that transaction tax in a different word because it didn't raise the revenue they thought it would. kim, where is hillary clinton differing from president obama on domestic issues? >> she's not in too many ways. what's basically going on here is that this is also a bit of an excuse. we shouldn't forget that. the democratic party has moved less under barack obama. they want to be able to grow government even larger than it is. they took over the health care industry. they'd like to take over the energy industry. so what they are doing is basically saying we'll give you more free, more government regulation, more control. i think by talking about these topics, too, like global warming, it is a way of moving away from the message as you were just expressing.
this complicated message they have about trying to explain how it is that the economy is terrible and it's not their fault. >> the other thing i noticed, climate change is the new health care. if regulating the health care economy was the priority in 2008, energy -- the energy economy is the target now using climate change as the method. >> yeah. again, this is why i think hillary does have to wonder. beating these basically weak contenders on the stage. >> basically? >> doesn't mean that she's crafting a message that the whole country will buy into. we heard recently from a former obama campaign staffer saying, believe it or not the obama coalition was not that ideological. a lot of the people who showed up normally don't vote were people who were excited about his candidacy. she's going even further. >> i have to tell you. if the republicans do not, are not able to make the case in the economy, she should get away
with it. they make a huge mistake, dan. if the republicans under estimate hillary clinton as a candidate. she was effective in the debate. she'll have her message down. she will try to walk the balance between making the case that president obama has done everything he possibly cold and it worked so well, if not for the republicans in congress. >> i agree. the basic factor is there is a great amount of economic ang state and angst in the public. that doesn't mean the public blames the democrats for it. they are looking for an answer. if she presents one that's more convincing that the republicans, sure. she'll get their votes. >> kim, you think joe biden will get in? >> i don't know. she looked very strong on stage. she also boxed him in a little bit. she's clearly looking for places where she can be different and he will not be able to because he has to carry on the obama legacy. >> all right. when we come back, progressives step up their campaign to silence critics. a think tank scholar is the
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why is this so extraordinary? >> it's extraordinary because as you mentioned, this law was passed to prosecute the mob. and now the left wants to use it against any climate scientist who they believe and argument they would make is that somehow they are feeding the public false information that is damaging the public interest and so you somehow need to go after them. debate in science makes science work. as much as they would like to finish this entire discussion, the fact is that there are a lot of scientists out there that continue to disagree. >> the analogy they want to draw is big tobacco which covered up healthcare problems with smoking and the left claims that exxon and other companies did the same with climate change. the climate change issue is really the projections based on
>> i want information discovered that he didn't adequately disclose his -- his disclosures were vague about who funded it. in fact on the first page of the report delivered to congress it says a mutual fund company paid for the research. by the way, she has taken money from that same mutual fund company. >> the brookings research company said no, that has nothing to do with it. he violated one of our rules by when he testified, identifying himself as a brookings institutional scholar when they are not supposed to do that. do you buy that explanation? >> no. this is why i mentioned the two-month lag. which is why it is relevant. she has been carping about this for a long time but brookings knew he had been misidentified in terms of the research was done as an outside project. not a brookings project. he talked to brookings about it when it happens.
it was two months late are when warren started putting pressure on brookings that they seem to have decided this was a horrible thing he had done and pressured him to resign. and so clearly. brookings, think tank supposedly independent academic institution caved from pressure by a politician. >> this is a tragedy if we can't have debate in the democratic party on issues like regulation. brookings has a distinguished history of scholars who have actually -- they led the fight in the 1970s for deregulating some of their research airline industry and railroads and other things. and a real credit to independent thinkers. is that era over? >> it is absolutely over. this is a new democratic party, run by progressives, and they enforce party discipline. remember what happened to robert menendez when he ascended from the iran deal? he was indicted by the justice department. that's the only other person i
time for hits and misses of the week. kim, start us off. >> barbara bird bennett, head of the chicago public school system. mrs. bird bennett was brought in to clean up a system ripe with waste and corruption and incompetence tense. instead, she is now looking at 7 1/2 years in jail after she pleaded guilty this week to being engaged in an enormous kick back scheme in which she provised to the tune of $2.3 million. this is what parent talk about when they say they want more school choice. they look and believe there is a public education establishment
corrupt from the top to bottom and chicago is exhibit a. >> thanks. james? >> an advocate that tend to say that wages had no economic cost and wal-mart raising prices under these groups. high-fives all around from va activists and applause from the media. but wal-mart got smacked with how this would hurt next year's earnings. it shows you there is a cost to this stuff. >> all right. dan? >> the obama administration's mental stays. the big news was this iran tested a long range missile. white house secretary said there are strong indications the missiles did violate the council but this is separate.
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