They say this is an unknown Democratic Presidential candidate who came out of nowhere, but from the picture and story, I’d swear she’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
(Note to Snopes.com: Yes, we know this is from the Babylon Bee, a topical humor website. You don’t have to “fact-check” it for us. Although aside from the candidate’s age, I can’t find a single thing that isn’t 100% true of any of the candidates at last night’s debate.)
The leftwing website Vice.com attacked President Trump for floating the idea of banning flavored e-cigarettes. The writer argued that making items illegal often just makes them more dangerous by driving them underground, creating black markets and making it profitable for shady characters to build and sell unregulated versions of them.
And if you think Vice.com wasn’t immediately flooded with tweets asking why they keep insisting that making guns illegal will make them less dangerous, well, then you must not be familiar with the Internet.
Attention, AOC, and all the other far-leftists dreaming of abolishing the Electoral College so that New York and California can elect all future Presidents: you’re living in a dream world. And that’s not from me. That message came from liberal icon, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Debate Extra: In Defense of Joe Biden and Record Players
Joe Biden’s critics are always on the hunt for any gaffe they can use to claim he’s too old for the job. Last night, the snark brigades went into overdrive after Biden used the term, “record players.” Hey, grandpa! Nobody knows what a “record player” is anymore!
Except in this case, they’re the ones who are behind the times and Joe Biden is on the cutting edge of the trend. It was just reported that vinyl records are on track to outsell CDs this year for the first time since 1987, and that trend is expected to keep growing.
Digital file streaming is still the dominant music format, but a growing number of fans of all ages, from Boomers to hipsters to teens, prefer the warm, rich sound and tactile experience of playing records. In fact, our own “Huckabee” writer Laura Ainsworth, who is also an award-winning retro jazz singer, has released three CDs, but when she recently brought out a “best-of” album, it was on vinyl LP only. (It’s terrific, by the way.)
So don’t try to tell me that I’m an over-the-hill old fogey because I play vinyl albums on a record player. I happen to be the one who’s hip and trendy. Even if I have had most of those albums since at least 1978.
I’m not going to analyze last night’s third Democratic debate in Houston line by line, partly because nothing much was said that I think will change anyone’s mind. Also because having already wasted three hours of my life that I’ll never get back, I’m hesitant to throw away much more time on it. After all, there are still NINE MORE of these Democrat debates to come (I am seriously considering another line of work, like lion taming.) But if you want to inflict it on yourself, here’s a link to the entire donkey-and-pony show:
Or to save your time, here’s a good summation by Fox News of the all the squabbling, Trump-bashing, Constitution-defying and government bloating:
And for a much more concise and hilarious recap, scroll through Stephen Green’s live blog of it at PJ Media. His summation, with which I agree: “This wasn't a debate. It was an over-long display of huge egos touting small ideas to well-meaning (but sadly misinformed) kids and preening celebrity infotainment newsreaders. And yet, chances are a large number of American primary voters will make one of these jokers their nominee for the office of President of the United States. It's a joke; it just isn't a funny one.”
My take overall was that not much changed. Once again, President Trump was the big winner, since it’s hard to imagine Americans entrusting any of these people to run a snowcone stand. Elizabeth Warren did well enough that she’s likely to continue to pull more socialist votes away from Bernie Sanders, but they both come across as angry radical cranks who don’t like America very much and think it needs to be fundamentally transformed into Venezuela.
Joe Biden was no more coherent than usual, but he probably had a strong enough showing to hold on to his poll lead as the “Oh well, at least he looks more electable than those other crazies” candidate. But it wouldn’t be a debate without a few jaw-dropping moments from Uncle Joe, like his denial that the Obama/Biden immigration policies were comparable to Trump’s: “We didn’t lock people up in cages. We didn’t separate families.”
Actually, those so-called “cages” were built during the Obama years, and Obama was nicknamed the “Deporter-in-Chief” for deporting at least 3 million undocumented immigrants. To be fair, though, deporting people who are here illegally and taking measures to secure the border were not considered mean, immoral and racist by Democrats until the moment Trump was inaugurated.
Biden wrapped up that impassioned defense by declaring, “I am the vice president of the United States.” Actually, he hasn’t been that since January of 2017. He’s still called “Vice President” as a honorific title, just as I’m still called “Governor,” but I don’t go around telling people, “I am the Governor of Arkansas.” I know it's not 2007 anymore.
But the biggest eyebrow-raiser came when the once law-and-order-promoting Biden declared that “Nobody should be in jail for a non-violent crime!” Then why was Paul Manafort put in jail at all, much less in solitary confinement? An aide later rushed to “clarify” that Biden meant only non-violent drug crimes. So another tough break for Bernie Madoff.
Another bad moment came when Julian Castro hammered Biden for contradicting himself on whether people would have to buy into his state-option health care plan or be automatically enrolled. He rather mockingly suggested that Biden couldn’t remember what he said two minutes before. He probably thought that was a great “gotcha” moment, but I thought it just made Castro look like a jerk. Besides, why should anyone expect Biden to remember all the minutiae of a plan that’s never going to be enacted in that form anyway? All such arguments over the petty details of various candidates “plans” are bigger time wasters than letting “Beto” O’Rourke say anything.
Also coming across as jerks: the protesters who started chanting when Biden was talking about the deaths of his daughter, son and first wife. They were ejected. I assume from their inability to control their mouths like adults that they are probably “Beto” supporters.
Among the rest of the pack: Kamala Harris often attacked Trump directly as if she thought he was watching (he wasn’t; he was speaking in Baltimore at the time, but that didn’t prevent him from being the big winner of this debate.)
“Beto” blew the cover off the Democrats’ longtime denials that gun control is just a route to confiscation by declaring, “H**l, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15!” Proving once again by both his vocabulary and content that he has no adult-level control over his mouth.
For the record, he also called Trump a “white supremacist” without providing any evidence and claimed American history really began in 1619 when the first slave arrived, not on July 4th, 1776. I think he realizes the Presidency is not in the cards and is angling for a job with the New York Times.
One of the better lines of the night came from Amy Klobuchar, who was practically written off but may get a boost thanks to the unimpressive competition. Refuting Bernie Sanders’ claim that Americans wouldn’t lose their preferred private health insurance plans under Medicare for All, which he had famously backed by shouting, “I wrote the d**n bill!,” Klobuchar snapped, “You wrote the bill, I actually read the bill.”
Booker, Buttigieg and the rest left no more impression on me than the background extras in the insane asylum scenes of “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.” Bring back Marianne Williamson!
Finally, I’ve been complaining for a long time that these are not real, substantive debates, they’re just game shows constructed by the TV networks to draw ratings. So imagine my surprise when candidate Andrew Yang actually proved me right by offering $1,000 a month to 12 lucky Americans who could enter to win at his website, all to promote his “universal basic income,” or “free money from a government that’s back to running trillion-dollar deficits,” idea. He claims he has a lot of lawyers who insist that giving away money to voters is not a violation of campaign finance laws, but a number of experts are skeptical of that.
Political analysts called Yang’s bizarre offer unprecedented. It’s believed to be the first time a Democratic politician has ever created a giveaway program funded by his own money.