I just spent 20 minutes or so trying to find a complete transcript of last night’s debate, and I failed. If I can find a link or someone sends me one, I might revisit the post, but probably not.
It was a dull and repetitive debate; I, at least, didn’t learn anything I hadn’t observed before.
- Yang was irrelevant, occasionally making obsrevations a politician never would make, but too passive to stand out: he spoke about half as long as Joe Biden, and the moderators barely noticed him.
- Steyer continued to concentrate on race-baiting and diversity virtue-signaling.
- Warren, as usual, made promises of passing sweeping laws she knows are impossible.
- Klobuchar is still playing the long game, holding her niche as closer to sane than anyone else in the field and hoping that centrist voters migrate to her once Joe Biden drops out.
- Buttigieg employs his supposed prodigious intellect to appear to take multiple sides of issues simultaneously; how anyone who can remember Bill Clinton would be fooled by his act escapes me. Chris Christie, now reduced too being a “contributor” to ABC, said after one of Pete’s answers, “My goodness, he uses more words to say nothing than anyone on that stage!”
- Sanders repeats his socialist talking points relentlessly while using “climate” like priests use “God.” I want that transcript to check the number of times he did this last night.
- Biden, as he did in the very first debate, has the stench of metaphorical death about him. Anyone serious and honest knew he wouldn’t make it from the day he announced he was running. Joe was never a viable Presidential candidate even when he was younger: too transparently dim-witted, too smarmy. Now, in addition to those features, he is enervated, washed out, seemingly on the verge of full-fledged dementia. As a group, the seven show how tragically devoid of talented aand compelling leaders of character and courage both parties are.
So this won’t be too long.
1. Bernie Sanders is often praised for his authenticity and consistency. Last night, he suddenly flipped and joined the Democrat’s anti-gun orthodoxy, with the usual Parkland kids blather about the NRA being villains and carnage in the streets. “The world has changed and my view has changed,” intoned Bernie. Yeah, what has changed is that he sniffs the nomination. Violent crime and shooting deaths have fallen precipitously; the measures he is now supporting do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and what we are seeing now in Virginia accurately represents what Democrats would try to do nationally if they could.
2. Tom Steyer again advocated reparations for the descendants of slaves, whatever that means. This is the mark of an unserious candidate, or an idiot. Reprations are politically impossible, logically absurd, and guaranteed to make race relations worse. If there were any candidates of genuine integrity and courage on that stage, they would have said that. None did.
3. Steyer also said that Obama got “Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions.” FactCheck.org, which has been the best of the left-leaning factcheck services, said of hsi assertion, “This is a matter of dispute.” No it’s not! The deal at best put off the realization of Iran’s nuclear ambitions for 15 years, assuming they didn’t cheat on the terms of the deal with the US, and Iran always cheats. So much for FactCheck.org.
4. I have, as some remember, designated Pete Buttigieg as the prime panderer in the field as well as the most shameless asshole. For me, his signature significance statement, discussing the impeachment, that ” to be the kind of President, to be the kind of human being who would seek to turn someone against his own son, who would seek to weaponize a son against his own father, is an unbelievably dishonorable thing.”
This is one more instance of a Democrat trying to appeal to stupid people, or make people stupid enough to accept ridiculous arguments. If, as seems likely, Joe Biden responded to a conflict of interest created by his son profiting from his father’s position in the Obama Administration by choosing his son’s welfare over his duties to the nation, that’s the “unbelievably dishonorable thing,” and Buttigieg, because he is NOT stupid, knows it.
ABC, in its post debate analysis, said that Mayor Pete “handled the hunter Biden question well,” which tells you all you need to know about ABC.
5. Andrew Yang had the most ethical statemnt of the debate, when moderator Linsey Davis asked him about his past comments suggesting he would pardon President Trump, if he were convicted after leaving office. His answer,
“If you look around the world, the countries that have thrown past presidents into jail have generally been developing countries. That’s a pattern that once you establish is very hard to break. Most Americans don’t care about what a particular individual did. They care about their family’s well being, their town, their community. We should not fall onto a policy that’s been disastrous in other countries.”
6. Biden, as usual, gets the Dumbest Statement of the Night award. He snarked that Rush Limbaugh didn’t deserve a Medal of Freedom (I trust I have sufficiently debunked that statement) and that the President should have given Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, whom Trump (correctly) fired yesterday, the honor instead.
The Medal of Freedom is a civilian honor. Joe should know, since he was awarded one (and deserved it less than Limbaugh did).
ADDED: Biden’s awkward calling for a standing ovation for the sacked colonel proved a well-established law of theater: if you have to prompt an audience to applaud or stand, the results are meaningless, and often embarrassing.