Last night, CNN hosted the sixth Democratic Presidential debate, and the last before Iowa, when the first votes finally come. If the vote were held now, I predict that the winner by far would be “No more debates!!!” Of course, there were also complaints about the whiteness of the candidates. I wonder if Hollywood announced the Oscar nominees just before the debate to help divert the diversity protesters’ attention away from the Democratic candidates.
Last night’s debate was a snooze, even by the usual somnambulant standards of these things. Anyone hoping for fireworks between, say, Warren and Sanders, had to be as disappointed as a kid with a bag full of wet bottle rockets. Earlier this week, there was a conflict in which Warren claimed Sanders had privately told her a woman couldn’t win the White House. Sanders denied saying it, and with no witnesses, it was just a “he said/she said,” and with Warren as the “she,” who could believe anything she said? But the closest thing to an altercation came after the debate during the end credits, when the audience was sound asleep.
But for the most part, it was all tired, big government, tax-and-spend talking points that those of us unfortunate enough to have to watch these debates for a living have heard about 10,000 times by now. Even the Trump impeachment was dispensed with quickly, a sign that both CNN and the candidates know that’s a rotting dead horse of an issue for them.
One thing I’ve noticed in these “debates” (they really aren’t debates, hence the quotes) is that they seem to be beamed in from the Superman planet, Bizarro World, where everything is the exact opposite of the way it is here on Earth. In Bizarro Democrat World, Trump only cares about the New York billionaires and bankers who, here on Earth, he outfoxed repeatedly and who are either funding his opponents or running against him themselves. Bizarro Trump is a power-mad tyrant who needs to be replaced with someone who’ll run every aspect of your life, from child care on up, via executive orders. On their Bizarro planet, lower and middle class workers can’t find jobs, wages aren't rising, the unemployment rate is through the roof, we're practically in a depression, and workers are begging for the only thing that can stimulate the economy: 90% tax rates and a return to the policies that gave us the economic Utopia of the Obama/Biden years.
Oh, and in Bizarro World, ISIS didn't grow into a threat all across the Middle East because it was crushed by Obama and Biden.
I won’t bother to recap the whole evening, which was probably the most boring piece of fantasy fiction since “Battlefield Earth,” but here are a few of what might pass for “highlights”:
Bernie Sanders is getting razzed for his shaky grasp on math because he got upset that Elizabeth Warren was described as the only candidate who’d beaten an incumbent Republican in the past 30 years. Sanders insisted that he’d beaten an incumbent Republican…which he did, in 1990. Let’s see, it’s now 2020, minus 1990…uh, that’s 30 years ago.
I don’t think anyone wanted to bring this up, but it’s more likely that Bernie was exhibiting that trait of people who are getting older and tend to remember long-ago things as if they were yesterday and forget things that are more recent, like what the economy was like three years ago. It’s hardly news that he has a shaky grasp on math; his entire economic world view is built on a shaky grasp of math.
Another hilarious moment: Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s attempt to compare President Trump to Sen. Joe McCarthy of “Red Scare” fame. Right, it’s Trump who is constantly trying to fill us with fears of Russian infiltration in the government, and who waves around a blank piece of paper in Congress, claiming it’s evidence of government officials who are colluding with Russia. Hey, guys: that’s your party now. Once again, we’re back in Bizarro World.
Overall, I was left with the impression that I wouldn’t trust any of these people to manage a taco truck, much less be President of the United States. You know a Democratic debate went badly when MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough called it “dull” and “plodding” and said, “Nobody looked good on the debate stage,” while Van Jones described it as “very dispiriting” and compared it to “cold oatmeal.”
I also noticed that a number of talking heads started their commentaries by saying, “If the Democrats were smart, they would…” and then naming something they’re not doing. Draw your own conclusions.
The biggest winner of the night, as usual, was President Trump, who stole the candidates’ thunder (or maybe that was just stomach gas, like Eric Swalwell’s) by simultaneously holding a rally right in their territory, the very blue city of Milwaukee, on the exact spot where the Democrats will soon hold their national convention. Here’s video of the full speech:
Trump drew a humongous crowd with thousands more massed outside watching giant TV screens. He used his speech to blast his opponents and list his accomplishments, particularly creating blue collar jobs, raising wages, renegotiating trade deals to help American workers and farmers, and standing up to terrorists.
Local Democrats accused Trump of only playing on negative emotions, but Trump’s list of accomplishments is real, and the people who lined up to see him know that they have more money in their paychecks (or that they finally have paychecks after eight long years of Obama.) The Democrats’ only response to that has been to call him every dirty name in the book and vow to reverse all the policies that are working because “orange man bad.” You decide which side is running on negative emotions.
My theory is that Trump plans to hold rallies at the same time as Democratic debates until he reaches the point where there are more people in the room listening to him than are watching the debate on TV. By my estimation, that’s maybe two debates away.
If you’re a masochist and want to read more about last night’s debate, Jeanne Zaino at Fox News has a very good write-up on the winners and losers that I mostly agree with:
And if you’d just like to read the funniest recap of it, scroll through Stephen Green’s hilarious live debate blog at PJ Media: