In Thursday night’s second Democratic debate, every candidate clawed for airtime. None of them paid attention to the quiet but persistent pleas of moderators to show consideration for the other candidates and the audience.
Candidates played fast and loose with facts that, as in the motion picture History Boys, don’t count to those grading the exam.
In the end, former Vice President Joe Biden came out most able to claim a solid record and appear the most stable.
Both Sen. Bernie Sanders and author/activist Marianne Williamson appeared shrill, beyond strident, and in-your-face. Sen. Kamala Harris came across tough, dogmatic, and vindictive, ready to prosecute President Donald Trump for crimes the special counsel was unable to find.
Rep. Eric Swallwell played the age card, demanding the oldsters bow out. Biden declined.
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper, bless his heart, told Sanders that if you want Trump to win, nominate a socialist.
Attorney/entrepreneur Andrew Yang, given only three minutes by the moderators to speak, still managed to say vote for me so the other losers go home and, besides, I’ll give you all $1,000/month for your vote.
Many, like Mayor Pete Buttigieg, want to buy American votes with programs financed with other people’s—your—money.
History was re-written on the fly, with virtually all of them accusing Trump of creating Obama’s policies on immigration, that it is the White House that divided us on immigration, not Pelosi’s House, and that 11 million people deserve instant citizenship.
Most believed in open borders. What they agreed was, if you make it in, you win the lottery. Breaking into a country should be decriminalized.
No one spoke of how to extend the country’s current economic success. Instead, they dismissed the checks and balances of federalism, encouraged globalism, wanted their thumbs on the scales of justice, and trusted no government but their own.
What a dangerous world they would impose on us!