Right before the Democrat debate Tuesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that, for now, she would not be holding an official vote on whether to begin formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump. “We’re not here to call bluffs,” she said. "We’re here to find the truth to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This is not a game for us. This is deadly serious. And we are on a path that is, is getting –- taking us to a path to truth and a timetable, uh, that respects, um...our Constitution.”
We get it: Nancy is all about the Constitution. (I’ll pause for a few moments while you fall to the floor laughing.) So, hey, if Democrats are for impeachment –- and the Democrat candidates in Tuesday’s debate said they were for it –- why isn’t Pelosi moving forward with formal proceedings? Aside from probably not having the votes for it to pass, the answer is so obvious, I hardly feel the need to point it out, but I will anyway.
The Democrat Debate
Last night the Democratic Presidential candidates held their 575th debate…wait, it was only the fourth?! Well, it felt like the 575th. At this rate, it will be the fourth of 575.
I’m not going to bore you by going into a lot of detail about what they said because you already know what they said. It’s all they ever say. In a nutshell:
They’re going to turn America into a utopia by reversing everything that’s made the USA great for over 200 years. They will reverse the tyrannical, fascist bent of the current President by, on day one, issuing executive orders to do away with the Senate’s filibuster power and repeal the First and Second Amendments. Donald Trump is the worst President ever, and they will reverse his terrible policies so they can create middle class jobs, raise wages, bring the troops home from endless wars, and a lot of other stuff that Trump has actually been doing after their eight years of ghastly failure at it. And they will improve your life by taking away your money, guns and freedom, and putting everything that matters to you, from your health care to your kids’ schooling, under the control of the same kind of compassionate and efficient folks you deal with at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
There’s more, but that covers the high points. It was so boring that not even the crowd in the studio seemed very jazzed by it, with the only excited cheers coming for references to abortion (sorry: “reproductive justice,” although I doubt that it feels like justice to the innocent children who get executed.)
But these aren’t really debates or even substantive political TV shows (this one had a question about Ellen DeGeneres and no questions about China.) They’re reality/game shows orchestrated by the Democrat-supporting media outlets that host them. So even though millions of Americans are discussing how Joe Biden’s son could have legitimately landed those lucrative gigs in nations where his dad oversaw US aid, nobody pressed the issue. Biden got one puffball question about Trump “falsely” accusing his son of corruption, which he deflected by insisting that his son is innocent because he said so (it must’ve been great being Joe’s kid when you’d batted a baseball through a neighbor’s window), then immediately changing the subject to attacking Trump.
No, the point of these dog-and-donkey shows is for the media to discuss who came off best and worst, and who’s rising and who’s sinking in the Twittersphere. Since the DNC and CNN are about as transparently biased in their handling of these events as WWE referees, it was obvious that Elizabeth Warren was meant to be the winner. (How else to explain why she got so much more air time? The New York Times kept track: Warren got to speak for 22:47, about six minutes more than second place Joe Biden and nearly three times as much as Tulsi Gabbard.) Warren did get glowing reviews from some friendly media outlets, but others were unimpressed, finding her strident and “punitive,” conveying the impression that she wants to be President so she can stick it to all the people and institutions she doesn’t like. And she still refuses to say whether “Medicare For All” will require higher taxes on the middle class (spoiler alert: it will.)
Also depending on which media outlet you listen to, Biden either had a very good or very bad night. At times, he seemed in command and was a voice of semi-reason (pointing out the impossible tax increases needed for Medicare For All and the absurdity of expanding the Supreme Court to stack it). But at others, he gave the meme-makers some new Bidenisms with his word salad answers, such as “expedentially” (this year’s new “strategery,” only “SNL” invented that, not Bush), and his comment about rich people “clipping coupons in the stock market” (that’s a bond thing – a last century bond thing.)
It also wasn’t very convincing when Biden claimed Trump is the most corrupt President in history, apparently because he suggested investigating how Biden’s family got so rich off his public service jobs. Put it this way: Biden probably was rated highest by people who watched the debate in sports bars with the sound off.
Bernie Sanders proved that a recent heart attack hasn’t put a dent in his energetic enthusiasm for wrecking the economy, although as one commenter noted, anyone who can yell like that for three hours just weeks after having a heart attack shouldn’t be criticizing the American health care system.
Most commentators agreed that Pete Buttigieg had a good night, mostly due to his takedown of “Beto” O’Rourke for his ideas about gun confiscation. But then, knocking down “Beto’s” gun arguments is like shooting fish in a barrel with an AR-15.
Tulsi Gabbard again interjected several moment of sanity, such as pointing out that Democrats can’t decry “endless wars” then protest when troops are removed from Syria, and that Americans who disagree with you are not “deplorables.” This is why she won’t be the nominee and was barely allowed in the debate at all.
“Beto” O’Rourke had a bad night purely because this debate provided an opportunity to ask how, precisely, he plans to take away our guns, when the truth is he has no idea and it’s never going to happen. All he’s done is make other Democrats’ ridiculous gun control ideas, like bringing back the pointless “assault weapons ban” of the 1990s, look almost reasonable in comparison. This article from Reason magazine has an excellent explanation of all this.
If you’ve paid attention to my radio show or newsletter over the years, nothing in this article will surprise you, since I’ve long talked about the negligible results of the “assault weapons” ban, and the fact that the definition of “assault weapon” itself is fuzzier than a moldy peach and largely consists of cosmetic factors that have nothing to do with lethality but that make a gun look scarier to people who know nothing about guns. Some, like a barrel shield, are actually safety features to keep you from burning your fingers.
The guy you’d never seen before was Trump-hating rich dude Tom Steyer, who bought his way into the debate where his status as the only billionaire on stage made him the equivalent of the only rabbit at a coyote convention. If there’s one thing this bunch hates worse than borders, it’s billionaires.
Steyer also flat-out lied by claiming that ”90% of Americans have not had a raise for 40 years,” citing the minimum wage. But only 2.7% of Americans make the minimum wage or less. The average hourly wage of all employees has risen from $22 in 2009 to $28 today, with a 3.4% rise just between February 2018 and February 2019. Also, as noted at the link, “For the first time since 2009, the bottom half of earners benefited more than the top half, twice as much, according to Goldman Sachs.”
That means that the whole evening’s worth of attacks on Trump for only caring about the rich, and all the promises to create jobs, increase wages and reduce income inequality, must have been coming to us from Bizarro World rather than Ohio because Trump has actually made good on his promises to middle class workers to renegotiate bad trade deals, create and bring back jobs, increase wages and reduce income inequality. He must also be the only alleged warmonger who gets attacked by anti-war leftists for bringing our troops home.
In my personal opinion, if you want to pick the person on stage who came across as the smoothest, most telegenic spokesman for the Democratic Party, that would have to be Anderson Cooper.
And for the fourth time in a row, the overall winner of the Democratic debate was Donald Trump. Runners-up were anyone who didn’t have to watch it.
##Appellation##, I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
If you’d like some more thoughts on last night’s debate, here’s Democratic pollster Doug Shoen’s list of winners and losers:
From a conservative viewpoint, the winners and losers list of Instapundit’s Prof. Glenn Reynolds:
And as always, the most entertaining rundown, Stephen Green’s hilarious live blog:
You probably heard that Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, gave an interview to ABC News. The idea was to claim he really is qualified for all those cushy jobs, or at least as qualified as the other unqualified people on those boards, so there’s nothing to see here. Except for the moment where he sort of admits he probably got the job in Ukraine because of his dad. The video is at the link, along with proof that not everyone is buying this.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:
bind them about thy neck;
write them upon the table of thine heart:
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding
in the sight of God and man."
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