If there is one thing that Tuesday night’s Democratic debate showed us—as if we didn’t know it in the first place—it’s just to what degree the media is in the tank for the Democrats. They’re not only in the tank—they built it, filled it with water up to the brim, and would turn up the temperature to boil Donald Trump alive if they could. And maybe they can.
You knew this from the outset when CNN’s lead moderator Anderson Cooper, along with his compatriots, one from the New York Times, opened the festivities with a round of leading impeachment questions, giving each candidate in turn a chance to outdo each other in bashing Trump. Only Tulsi Gabbard equivocated slightly.
Anderson followed this up by then carefully assuring Joe Biden that he (Cooper) knew he (Biden) was “falsely accused” by Trump (Cooper’s words, as if this were universally accepted by any reasonable person) before asking the former vice president the requisite questions about son Hunter and those unfair and nasty accusations of Ukraine/China corruption. No mention of figures, of course. That would have been coarse.
Biden was then able to reply with the vaguest of denials that didn’t even approach the slight acknowledgment aired by Hunter himself in his ABC interview that morning.
With that, the greatest possible embarrassment to the Democrats was swept conveniently off the table for the night. Who says big media companies don’t work (or is it collude) together?
The rest of the evening was relatively uneventful but basically a rehash of what we have heard before from most of the candidates. There were twelve of them this time, with newbie billionaire Tom Steyer taking over the environmental-Armageddon-is-here seat from Jay Inslee. He soon will follow the Washington governor out the door.
More to the point, however, Elizabeth Warren, as someone predicted a while back, was generally assumed to be the frontrunner and was therefore the object of most of the sniping, much of it from Buttigieg and Klobuchar but once even from Biden himself. He must be getting nervous (for a lot of reasons).
According to the CNN wrap-up panel, she fared rather well. Over at Fox, not so well. She still refuses to answer for anyone whether she intends to raise taxes to pay for her medicare-for-all health plan. The panelists didn’t do any better at getting a straight answer from Warren on this than Colbert did weeks ago. Fauxcohantas is obviously a world-class liar, which means she’s a political natural, I suppose. Well, maybe not. I suspect Biden, who was dull as dishwater as usual, may be the big winner from this, er, debate, such as it was. He made it through without any major flubs.
Over at Drudge, the winner in his poll was Gabbard followed by Andrew Yang. No surprise in either of those choices. They were the only candidates who didn’t in some way resemble cyborgs. And maybe Yang is a cyborg. As per usual, O’Rourke, Booker, Harris, and Castro were in the 1-2% zone. One wonders how much longer they can hold out and if any of them will make it to the next debate in Georgia on November 20.
I also wonder if as many people will continue to vote in Drudge’s polls, now that he’s joined up with the Never-Trump crew. Maybe he should start a new magazine with Bill Kristol.
What also wasn’t surprising is that feisty old Bernie still has it and won’t let a coronary or two keep him down, especially now that “The Squad” has announced they are backing his candidacy. (This happened immediately after the debate, in case you missed it.) AOC, Ilhan, and Tlaib will be with him at his next rally in Queens.
One thing’s for sure now: If Bernie doesn’t make it to the presidency of the USA, he will have absolutely no chance of ever being Prime Minister of Israel.
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