August 1, 2019

I won't go into as much detail on round 2 of the second Democratic debates as I did the first round, since it covered a lot of the same territory with the same underwhelming effect. I don’t think the needles will move much after this debate.  The big news was what didn’t happen. 

Everyone expected that after Kamala Harris got a boost for savaging Joe Biden in the first round, she’d come out loaded for bear.  Instead, she only packed the kind of pellet gun you’d use in Baltimore to dispatch rats.  In his great live blog of the debate, PJ Media’s Stephen Green said that Harris seemed as if she’d been taking Nyquil.  Biden probably won the night by default just by being better than in the first debate and having his chief poll rival Harris off her game.  Biden only brought his B-minus game, but B-minus is Joe’s A-game, so you could honestly say he was as good as anyone could reasonably expect. 

As for the rest, none did anything to break out of the lower tier of polling.  Booker and Castro had their moments, but no more than that.  Gillibrand might actually have driven some supporters away.  On the plus side, as with the previous night’s debate, there were a few welcome attempts by Michael Bennet, Jay Inslee and especially Tulsi Gabbard to slap their party back to reality.  Gabbard also drew blood with her attack on Harris’ abysmal record as California Attorney General (Trump has been far stronger on criminal justice reform.)  In a welcome sign, Gabbard was the most-searched candidate on Google during the debate, but it probably won’t be enough to usurp Biden.  I kept longing for Marianne Williamson to come floating by inside a giant bubble and inject some entertainment value.

Of course, in a larger sense, you could say that the big winner of both debates was Trump.  And anyone who spent that night doing something more productive, like straightening up their sock drawer.

As Stephen Green aptly put it, the candidates on both nights were describing a country and a world he’s never seen and a President he doesn’t know.  In their debate fantasyland, Americans are shivering in bread lines, and the few who have health insurance hate it (it apparently doesn’t cover anything because they’re terrified to take their kids to the doctor); America has concentration camps filled with children from other lands, separated from their parents for no reason but cruelty and racism, and forced to march around single-file like the laborers in the silent movie “Metropolis;” only the rich are benefiting from the economic boom and tax cut; women are still paid a fraction of what men make for the same work, even though that’s been illegal for years and even the Obama Labor Department admitted it wasn’t true; and the President is just like the Grinch, only orange instead of green, and he glowers down at Whoville, scheming not only to steal Christmas but also to take away Cindy Lu Who’s health care. 

(Say, isn’t it Donald Trump who’s actually been working to reduce the price of drugs?)

Once more for the record: Republicans are NOT trying to take away everyone’s, or anyone's, health care.  And no, the President is NOT a “white supremacist” or a “racist.”  When I hear stuff like this, I assume that either they’re idiots or they think the rest of us are.  Even the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s niece, Alveda King, is refuting that “racist” narrative.

Of course, my review is beside the point, since I’m no more the target demographic for these shows than I am for the Cartoon Network.  These aren’t even real debates.  They’re more like a game show.  I’d call them a reality show, but reality has nothing to do with these shows.  They're more like "unreality shows," as you could tell by the way math was dismissed as a “Republican talking point.”  That dodge has become so transparent that even CNN has started to notice it:


These debates are aimed at Democratic Primary voters, who want pure bloody, red meat – or actually, soy-based red meat substitute oozing fake blood made from beet juice.  And so the candidates trotted out their various massive plans for remaking the health care system, the immigration system, the economy, even the entire planetary environment (“Today, your private health insurance; tomorrow, the WORLD!!”) 

Putting this specific debate aside for a moment, I’ll remind you of something I’ve written about for years, and it applies to both parties: all the arguments you hear over the details of “my plan” versus “his plan” are much ado about nothing.  None of these “plans” is ever going to become law, at least not to the level of detail they were arguing about.  All Presidents' grand plans have to make it through Congress first.  Obamacare wasn’t even what Obama wanted, but it was as close as he could get to government health care, even with both Houses of Congress under Democratic control.  So anyone who watches candidates spend five minutes arguing over whose plan is going to save you $10 more on a co-pay just likes to watch people argue.  Pointlessly.

By the way, even though it is meaningless, I do have to mention that I heard a new “plan” last night that may rival the Green New Deal for abject stupidity.  It was the idea of creating a government office where drug companies would have to describe what new drug they were working on, and the government would tell them how much they’d be allowed to charge for it.  If you ever wanted an example of just how little these people understand about health care, economics or how those pills in their pocket got there, that’s it.  Pharmaceutical companies spend billions on research and development of new drugs, most of which never make it beyond the trial stage.  If you’d like to see all breakthroughs on new lifesaving drugs come to a screeching halt, put the government in charge of telling drug companies what they’ll be allowed to charge before they even know what the research will cost and if it will lead anywhere. 

Well, that’s all I really want to say about these dud “debates,” except that the next round had better have a lot fewer candidates and a lot more substance than “Trump evil/open borders/everything free!!” or we could just call off the election and declare Trump reelected now.  If you want to read more, here are a few links that offer some interesting angles, or at least more interesting than the debates themselves:

Joe Biden learned that being avuncular is now an unpardonable offense to political correctness:

Biden wants to put insurance executives who oppose his health care plan into prison.  Wait, I thought Trump was the tyrannical dictator?...



Andrew Yang said that to deal with global warming, we have to start moving people to higher ground now.  This is really going to tank the property value of Al Gore’s $9 million ocean-view home in California.



Cory Booker still thinks Trump won Michigan because Republicans and Russians suppressed the African-American vote and not because Democratic policies suppressed the blue collar jobs of the “basket of deplorables” who live there.



If Joe Biden wants to prove he’s hep to the cool kids’ lingo, he needs to learn how texting works.


Also, that it’s not possible for America to have “eight more years of Trump,” although watching these debates might make a lot of people wish it were possible.



Finally, if you want to watch the debates in their entirety, CNN has them online:


Or read Stephen Green’s hilarious live-blogging of the debates, which will tell you what happened in a much more entertaining way than actually having to sit through them.

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    08/02/2019 07:53 PM


  • Elizabeth Pinkocze

    08/02/2019 11:05 AM

    Dear Gov, did not watch the debates b/c just couldn't take more lies and just plain dumbness. I figured I'd read your comments and get all I need to know. As I listen to these candidates, it amazes me that they even hold an office, they are that disgusting. We pay for most of these people. What I am disappointed in is that no charges against Comey. I just hope and pray that there are bigger things coming and he will face justice. Then someone throws around putting Michelle Obama in there b/c she for sure can beat Trump. NOT. Anyway, have a blessed weekend, enjoy the family and keep up the great work. Watching you on Sat. God Bless

  • Barbara Larsen

    08/02/2019 10:42 AM

    Digressing from the pathetic Democrat debates, I would like to know why no one has sued the libraries holding LBGT children's story hours for subjecting the children to child molesters and perverts? My understanding is some of these people have been discovered as convicted felons. The libraries need to be held accountable for not vetting this exposure!! We cant win on exposure to homosexual lifestyle there but we can on exposure to dangerous criminals!!

  • patrick McRedmond

    08/02/2019 10:07 AM

    "eight more years of Trump" is possible, Ever hear of Donald Jr??

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    08/02/2019 09:59 AM

    I can get Healthcare through the Market place, FREE; But, there is a $20k deductible! How is that free?

  • Carol Phaneuf

    08/02/2019 09:52 AM

    Could not watch them as they make me ill!!
    How dumb can potential candidates be????????????

  • Bradley David Harte

    08/02/2019 01:13 AM

    Thanks Mike. Great stuff. God bless you.

  • kurt cranford

    08/01/2019 11:57 PM

    Any chance you'll make any t shirts ......still love your why I'm a republican t shirt ! .....Could be a good fund raiser for your pac . Think about it please .

  • De Ette Moon

    08/01/2019 10:51 PM

    I'm just so tired of all this nonsense. I pray God will reveal the TRUTH to Americans, and the TRUTH will set us free.

  • CW Mitchell

    08/01/2019 10:47 PM

    We can have eight more years of Trump. We have Mike Pence or Nickie Haley. :)

  • Anita Mae Barker

    08/01/2019 09:21 PM

    I didn't watch the debates but thanks for cluing us in on them.
    Bless you.

  • Jean Olsen

    08/01/2019 08:20 PM

    I find the Ainsworth prediction about Michelle Obama running for President the most disturbing about the Dem’s debates. Horrors...
    Do you agree with her?

  • Robert Carter

    08/01/2019 07:31 PM

    I'm still waiting for the candidates of either party to use the simple point-counterpoint of, "My opponent (......) says, '.......', but I say, '.....', as JFK so effectively debated in his campaigns, both in live debate and on the trail.
    P.S. And close to our Lord's style, he rarely flip-floped in these statements - they were well thought out before he spoke them. Back then, I didn't do politics, but his style was still impressive enough, you wanted to hear what he had to say.

  • william fuhrer

    08/01/2019 07:02 PM

    Reverend? Sharpton almost daily calls President Trump racist a new voice for joining the choir is Juan Williams.

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    08/01/2019 06:24 PM

    I don't know if you remember, or ever saw, MST3K ( Mystery Science Theater 3000 ), where the robots and a human crew member are little silhouettes at the bottom of the screen. They provide a constant parade of sarcastic zingers in response to the idiotic dialogue on the screen - this would be a perfect way to cover the Democratic debates ;-}

  • Helen Phelps

    08/01/2019 06:07 PM

    I so enjoy your commentaries

  • Linda Black

    08/01/2019 05:57 PM

    I’m waiting for the media elites to decide who they want to be the democratic candidate for president.
    Then I’ll vote for Trump because there’s not a winner in the two dozen democrat candidates I’ve seen.

  • Gary Plummer

    08/01/2019 05:55 PM

    Watching the debate was like going to the wake of the Democratic Party. The only thing to do now is to close the lid and bury it.

  • Jerry

    08/01/2019 05:49 PM

    Today I drove home SheP Smith came on the radio that whiney crybaby claiming the end is near because of some new tariffs may be applied the consumer is going to be bankrupted;; there is a solution buy an American made product buy a Mexican product buy a Canadian made product buy from someone other than China you nitwit. Shepard Smith is not some one I want on my side in a war he is a coward he is the guy that would duck at a baseball game and let a grandma get hit in the face by a foul ball he is the guy that would steal the food from starving foreigners you see asking for help Shepard Smith is an anal canal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mike if you are unlucky enough to be in his presence pass this along to him. He is such a low life, he is a rich one ask him if he could achieve his status as a Socialists he sounds like one.

  • Stephen Russell

    08/01/2019 05:35 PM

    Baltimore media: See HBO The Wire: 2002-08 shows drug etc.
    Cummings & allies did Nothing.
    IE remove regulations, policies, to Improve city
    Use show in your show

  • Jerry Korba

    08/01/2019 05:28 PM

    I want to thank the Debate Team last nite I sat in with the wife for about 12 minutes outrageous nonsense coming from 10 people who seemed to have escaped from mental disorder center. Spent my time and did some browsing at an outlet store I found a patio lounge chair for 1/3 of the price it would normally sell for brought home put on Pandora listened to all kind of music turned the patio lights watched the sun set had REFRESHING beverages my new chair is great DEMOCRACTS you suck so bad what a waste of time you are morons however thank you for being such when is your next stupid debate I may buy a new conversation set for the patio you may only have me for 3 minutes you will have pissed me off after a minute. I am a little frugal You are the incentive to keep the economy rolling.

  • Linda Walker

    08/01/2019 05:22 PM

    The Department of Defense funds their research even when it fails and when it succeeds they then map HUGE $'s for what they paid to develop at virtually no financial risk to the company. Pharma doesn't work like that.

  • Jim DeCoursin

    08/01/2019 05:20 PM

    Mike, your daily report is the greatest!!

    Jim DeCoursin

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    08/01/2019 05:13 PM

    I had hoped there would at least be some humor (unintended, of course) in these"debates", but even that is killed by the sour, hate-filled rhetoric. I've decided the greatest invention of the 20th century was the off-button on TVs.

  • Janet Harris

    08/01/2019 05:09 PM

    Thank make our evenings special...your thoughts are always "right on the mark".

    I always look forward to your television it on Sunday evenings.

    Blessings to you!

    -Janet Harris-