July 31, 2019

My recap of last night’s Democratic Debate #2, Round One:

The fun actually started before the debate, with some high-level Democrats trying to assure viewers that the Party had not gone clinically insane.  DNC Chairman Tom Perez told the audience that Democrats are serious about border security (sure, they all raised their hands in the last debate to providing free health care to illegal immigrants, but who you gonna believe, him or your own eyes?)  And just to insure that nothing like that happens again, CNN helpfully announced that no “raise your hands” questions would be asked.  I wonder, does CNN have to declare its moderating of these debates as political donations on its IRS forms? 

Perez also blasted the rise in hate crimes he saw when he was Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, conveniently forgetting to mention that was from 2009 to 2013, under Obama. The state Democratic Party chair also seemed to lay the problems Michigan cities suffer on Trump, neglecting to mention that the worst problems have gone on for years in Detroit, which hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1962. 

The luck of the draw (if CNN didn’t stack the deck) placed two leading candidates in each debate: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in debate #1, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris lining up for a rematch in debate 2.  Most analysts expected Warren and Sanders to go after each other, but instead they mostly had to fend off attacks from the lower-polling candidates trying to make an impression.  There were two basic factions: the Warren/Sanders socialism now/spend-all-the-money-in-the-universe faction and the pragmatic moderates trying to stop their Party from charging over a cliff like leftist lemmings. Marianne Williamson was a faction unto herself, one which seems to want to bring back the ‘70s New Age movement.

Williamson had the most-quoted line of the night when she blamed local water issues like those in Flint, Michigan, on racism and Trump “gutting” the Clean Water Act (FYI: the Flint problems were due to bad decisions on the local level in 2014, two years before Trump was elected) and on his “dark psychic force of collectivized hatred” that has created all this “emotional turbulence.”  I instantly imagined garage bands all over America renaming themselves either “Dark Psychic Force” or “Emotional Turbulence.” 

Heck, if I weren’t backing Trump, I might switch to Marianne.  I think I heard her on the “Woodstock” album. If she were in charge, we could finally make America’s crystal mining industry great again! She could even give a big boost to the energy sector by making America a net exporter of positive energy, cleanly generated by good vibes!  Sign me up! 

I enjoyed her so much, I even endorsed her on TV.

But Williamson wasn’t just sideshow entertainment: she was the most-searched candidate on Google after the debate. People praised her for staying true to herself and not giving safe, rote answers.  Although I suspect some were just searching Google to find out if she’d been smoking something, and if so, where could they get some.

The second-most searched candidate was former Maryland Rep. and businessman John Delaney, who tried to inject some sanity into the proceedings by warning that Democrats can’t win by pushing unworkable ideas based on “fairy tale economics.” For instance, he said he was the only one with experience in the health care business, and that most rural hospitals would shut down if they had nothing but the lowball Medicare reimbursements and no income from private insurance.  

Warren responded that health care isn’t a business (in fairy tale land) and Democrats shouldn’t be talking about what they “can’t do” (agreed, but that’s all they talk about anyway) and implied that math is a “Republican talking point.”  Bernie also showed his anger at math by bellowing his new catchphrase (“I WROTE THE D*** BILL!”)  He also fell back on the tried-and-true citing of the wonderful Canadian “free” health care system (Fun fact: Average wait time to see a doctor in Canada is now 19-1/2 weeks.)  It was a noble effort on Delaney’s part, but sadly futile: the audience clapped their hands loudly for the leftist math-deniers to signal that they do, they DO, believe in fairy tale economics. 

Bernie also insisted that just as Republicans have tax cuts, Democrats should also have big, bold ideas.  Except tax cuts don’t destroy the entire economy. 

Another note on Bernie: he’s been slipping in the polls lately, and I don’t think this debate will turn that around.  He’s always been a socialist crackpot, but last time around, at least he seemed like a likeable socialist crackpot, sort of like your eccentric uncle who keeps quoting the Daily Worker when you’re trying to eat Thanksgiving dinner, but you like him anyway.  I don’t know if it’s because of Hillary’s rigging the game against him, Trump winning or what, but he now seems full of rage.  Every answer was shouted in an angry tone and punctuated with pointing fingers and arms flapping like a pterodactyl.  He’s changed from lovably eccentric uncle to the hot-tempered Frank Costanza from “Seinfeld,” constantly enraged over nothing and screaming, “SERENITY NOW!”

In summation: despite her angry and unimpressive answers, Liz Warren will probably be considered the winner, just because she was already one of the two far-left poll leaders and Bernie did nothing to reverse his fade, while the third-tier moderates’ attempt at a sanity transplant was rejected by the body politic. In a broader sense, Marianne Williamson was the biggest winner because she’ll get the most publicity.  She won’t be the nominee, but it will be great for her post-election talk show ratings and QVC healing crystal sales. 

Let me also add that despite what you heard last night, NO, Republicans don’t want to take away your health care.  It’s “Medicare for All” that would take away your private insurance and replace it with substandard government coverage, a massive doctor shortage, higher taxes and an explosion of federal debt.

If you’d like to hear more about this debate (and if you do, have yourself checked for masochism), I was on the panel discussing it on Laura Ingraham’s show on Fox News last night.  You can watch that in full here:

For another view, surprisingly not much different from mine, here’s Democratic pollster Doug Schoen:

Although the satire site The Babylon Bee might have nailed these debates better than either of us:

Finally, my favorite tweet of the night, from Matt Margolis (@mattmargolis), referring to that rat that made a cameo during a live news report in Baltimore:

“Baltimore Rat will not be in attendance tonight because he hasn't raised enough money to qualify. But he is polling at 3 percent.”

Will Baltimore Rat manage to make it onto the stage in tonight’s Debate #2?  If he does, will Kamala Harris give him some free government cheese?  To find out, tune in tomorrow: Same rat time, same rat channel! 

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  • Helen Tritt

    08/02/2019 08:28 AM

    I have always loved your sense of humor, Governor Huckabee, and you include your humor so nicely in your newsletters they are very interesting indeed. Great News and delivery. Thank you.

  • Carol Kloberdanz

    08/01/2019 11:03 AM

    You’re hilarious! Both you and your daughter Sarah, are such wordsmiths! I love your humor! And I agree with you, the Democrats have jumped off a cliff! They’re all nuts! God bless you!??????????

  • Julie Wakley

    08/01/2019 09:48 AM

    I am so glad that you are willing to watch the Democrats scream at each other, because I would not be able to stand it! There is not one person on that stage, at either debate, that Trump could not beat! I voted for him in 2016 and I will do it again in 2020 because I love my country and I am not willing to turn it over to these crazy lunatics to destroy. God bless the work you do, Gov. Huckabee!

  • JC Holland

    08/01/2019 08:36 AM

    I only watched a few minutes of the CNN comedy show each night.
    But I didn't notice any American flags anywhere on stage. Is our flag now banned from all democrat debates?

  • Waylon Bush

    08/01/2019 05:11 AM

    These debates remind me of a Jr. High School Junior Student Council election speeches.

  • filmore hennis

    08/01/2019 02:30 AM

    Keep up the good work. Great job!!

  • Ann Bruce Pineda

    07/31/2019 11:58 PM

    I sort of watched both debates as well as Laura Ingraham. Well done! I really enjoyed your comments about Ms Williams, the New Age guru. I think lots of people searched for her name because they had no idea who she was. Heads above the others tonight was Tulsi Gabbard. POTUS should offer her the U.N. job. Blessings, Brother Mike.

  • Judy Shy

    07/31/2019 11:53 PM

    Who is the anti-American who refused to put his hand on his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance looking the screen he was second from the left...Donate him to Nike
    alongside Kapernick!!!!

  • Caroline Zweibel

    07/31/2019 11:41 PM

    I think the term “racist” is the Democrats new word for “deplorable “.
    They throw it at the President and all Republicans. I, for one, am tired of the words they use to belittle me and mislabel me and Americans who think like me.

  • Carl Smith

    07/31/2019 10:17 PM

    Watched the Food Network and finished re-reading another chapter in 12 Rules for Life , and started re-reading "Unfreedom of the PRESS by Mark Levin. I'll leave the agony of HAVING to watch to the media who get Paid to SUFFER. Nothing is going to happen till a few months from now. In the meantime Comey was just handed a ton of Trouble. I'll be interested in your take. I think this is just low hanging fruit to amuse the press..

  • Bob Tomiczek

    07/31/2019 10:00 PM

    Good evening to all Americans ! After observing and reading months of political stories of wrong doings, victimhood, scandals, posturing ,guilty until proven innocent charges. It is clear that the left has walked onto the Trump mine field.
    With out a map they continue to charge blindly across the political front.
    The Avant Guard "squad" members are trying to look like heros to a band of followers. However they only lead with a charge of accusations and mindless sensitivities to stay in the battle. They have been out flanked by reality and commonsense. The shallow promises of a better life if only they were in charge of everyone's pocket book.
    Out maneuvered again by recent history of Venezuela. How's that working for ya ?
    The left's battle cry changes from the "concentration camps" ,to racism, to free college,back to the children at the border. Repeat news cycle every 12 hours.
    Now that "Russian collusion"has sent them into retreat, they can't find that safe space. Not knowing which way to get through the mine field. They are the REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE.
    They need a crisis, victims, and problems only they can solve with your money. Look no further than downtown LA, the center of San Francisco, Detroit,Chicago,
    Check out the News cycles to see what episode is playing next.
    Maybe we could get a group picture of Pelosi and Elijah Cummings and the Entourage in Italy dining like royalty on your dime. Show the highlights to the kids in Baltimore who go to sleep hungry, on a floor,or wind up dead from gang violence.
    THE People representing these districts are going to have "Some Splainin to Do. Let us see if the media sweethearts attempt to coddle thier leaders and miss out on these stories that would bring shame and disgust only to be swept aside and continue with the next recycled political polyps bursting on scene like the second Democratic "Debate". No plans , just offer more free stuff for all. Let someone else pay for it. No personal responsibility .
    Just that" Dark Psychic Force" to follow.
    Also known as
    Amen !
    God Bless America
    God Bless President Trump
    Trump 2020!!!!!!

  • Jerry Korba

    07/31/2019 07:55 PM

    WOW I am grateful for having parents that had enough value in me to keep me away from LSD it is apparent the 10 candidates from the left took the experiment way to far they should have stopped when they hit 45 years old as by the performance last nite just put a flower in your hair and just smoke pot all day find where Mrs. Clinton went go a little further in the woods: when she needed to get away take a bale of pot smoke what's left of your brain also call security so the 10 of you won't be bothered. Wait 24 hours and take the other 10 with ya get another bail of pot please just go away and BE HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • john C hashagen

    07/31/2019 07:50 PM

    Could not watch the Circus.

  • Suzanne Ryan

    07/31/2019 07:49 PM

    The type is tooooo small!!!

  • Phyllis Murrell

    07/31/2019 07:33 PM

    You've outdone yourself tonight--hilarious!

  • Virginia Adams

    07/31/2019 07:28 PM

    I did not read this "special edition" of your report because I could not care less about the stupidity of "debates"!!

  • Don A

    07/31/2019 07:27 PM

    Hey Governor Huckabee..

    What gives are you standing behind President Trump or not?
    Thought we saw it in the press you were going to support a Democratic??

  • Toby M Vincent

    07/31/2019 07:10 PM

    Not only should antifreeze be classified as domestic terrorist, it should be illegal to wear masks in public

  • Sharon Smith

    07/31/2019 07:02 PM

    I knew you would tell me the way the debate really was! Thank you for saving me the pain of watching! I can always count on you to get it right!

  • Anna Angeline Angel Bakos

    07/31/2019 07:00 PM

    Marianne Williamson made a remark in the very first televised debate that was significant but cut short.
    She linked health problems to situations such as the Flint Water Crisis; she is right in that many of our health care problems can be linked to the food & water we consume. The Flint issue is not isolated. We do have a national problem with our water system throughout America.

    I would like to see Republicans take on the issue of environmental influence on our soil, air, water &
    the negligent practices of the various industries involved in polluting the fundamentals of consumption.

    Do not connect this with the Climate issue. If there is climate -warming, it is a separate issue. I am referring to what the agriculture, & other industries are doing & are also complicit.

    I support our President & have since he announced in 2016 . I am unable to financially support him but if you had the information of what I have done in terms of letters, polls, surveys, Facebook activity, you’d know the breadth & depth of my belief in him.

    This said, the President would do well to create a program of small groups of citizens to meet with privately, & draw on their experience, knowledge & perceptions that can give him the strong solid foundation of supporters to help him win!

    These citizens SHOULD NOT BE drawn by contacting the state or local GOP. They will pick individuals based on their biased impressions & understanding. Give me such an opportunity & I will give President Trump real life data that will surprise him & prepare him to handle the democrats challenges.

    STOP only using ‘insider’ advisors & their friends!

  • Susan Kesterson

    07/31/2019 06:52 PM

    I can’t watch these debates as I feel my head may explode listening to these mental freaks, but I sure got a few laughs reading your recap! Hahahaaa!

  • Pamela Moreau

    07/31/2019 06:49 PM

    Hello Mike Huckabee;
    I didn’t (can’t) watch the debate and I really appreciate your analysis of it. Can’t wait till tomorrow for the follow up comments. I’m sorry you have to do it but somebody has to. ??

  • rodney burke

    07/31/2019 06:46 PM

    John Delaney seemed to be the only sane person out there. and yes, Liz Health care IS a business. sorry you are so delusional to understand that. No one showed they were presidential or even understood what America is or needs. All of them so far are in for public humiliation when they meet up with DT. I guess they don't think everything they've said and wrote is not out there somewhere for us to throw back in their face. Bottom line; everyone is out of touch with reality, Marianne Williamson is too but in a different way. Only McGovern was this bad and that is saying a lot.

  • Steven Swanson

    07/31/2019 06:44 PM

    Thanks, Mike! As always, well said!

  • Janice Kujawa

    07/31/2019 06:38 PM

    I personally did not watch the debate because from what all I have seen and read in the past year, not one of these "candidates" have done/will do anything close to what Trump has done in the last 3 years. What is so mind boggling about the health care issue is that Detroit is the home of the big 3.......where all workers enjoy employer health care and have taken wage cuts in previous years to keep their health insurance. Giving free health care to illegals is not something any auto worker wants to hear. That is just one of the idiotic ramblings from these candidates. The ills of Detroit and Baltimore stem from corruption that has run rampant since the 1940's and largely to democratic leaders winning on a straight ticket vote allowed at the polls. Gerrymandering has not helped either. Michigan is a state that is becoming more like Chicago and Los Angeles every day. I pray that Trump wins in 2020 or all the gains made in the last 3 years will be for naught. I also think that one thing that would help secure another four year Trump presidency would be for him to back off Twitter and close his account down. No voter with a tv, radio, or smart phone is ignorant of DC swamp. Refreshing two years ago, it is now turning off those who fear for his mental stability. There are times when saying nothing has more impact than childish rant. We all know the democrats are sorry, but in my opinion, the less bashing Trump does on Twitter, will give the House dems very little to berate him about, and maybe actually get something accomplished for the constituents they represent. .