Even publications which normally can’t resist an eye-catching Hillary Clinton headline are giving the former Secretary of State high marks for her performance in Tuesday’s first debate. Business Insider, which is strong on Clinton scrutiny, called her “forceful and confident in the debate,” saying a “strong performance” might be enought to “spark second thoughts among one of her biggest potential rivals,” Joe Biden.
The Wall Street Journal, another sometime Clinton foe, gave Clinton kudos for “relentless efficiency” in the debate. Closer to home, in fact right next to her, Sen. Bernie Sanders also seemed to help Clinton by playing down the importance of her email server scandal. Though Sanders’ solidarity on the issue won’t wash it away, his dismissal of it “played well in the room,” as moderator Anderson Cooper said. (Clinton’s email has been a point of attack for Republican candidates who are unlikely let the issue fade.) The WSJ called Clinton’s performance “methodically effective.”