The president threatened at one time to live tweet the first Democratic debate. But all he could manage was “Boring.” For anyone who was forced to watch the kickoff debate who is not a crazed leftist, the train wreck was hard to get through without resort to strong drink.
From the inane questions from the so-called moderators to the sound malfunction in the middle, the event was badly produced. And whose idea was it to have Chuck Todd and the madcap Rachel Maddow ask questions? One would never see Fox News allow Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity pepper presidential candidates with questions, though that would be highly entertaining.
However, one also had to have a strong stomach as well. there were plenty of things for Americans to be frightened about. The ten people who want access to the nuclear codes are certifiably nuts.
The high points of the debates, if one can use such terms, are listed in no order of importance and not necessarily inclusive.
Julian Castro, Obama’s former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, was so eager to prove his pro-abortion bona fides that he declared that he stated that he was even supportive of government-funded abortion for transgender women.
The problem with that statement, for those who were as asleep as Julian Castro during High School biology, is that biological men can identify as women all they want, even going through the long, painful process of transitioning, but they will never achieve the ability of getting pregnant, not to mention the need to have an abortion.
The group of candidates got into an argument over how to destroy private healthcare in America. Some, like Elizabeth Warren, want to go full bore Canada and impose a government-run system entirely. The hapless Beto O’Rourke would not go that far, preferring a “public option,” that would undercut private health insurance so that it would wither on the vine for anyone but the very rich.
Immigration sparked a shouting match, some of it in Spanish, as the candidates vied to see who the most open borders they could be. The issue has been ramped up to code red by a recent, heartbreaking picture of a father and little girl lying face down in the Rio Grande, having drowned.
Stories of migrant children going without soap or toothpaste also inflamed the debate, though no one mentioned that the cause was Nancy Pelosi holding back funding for such things. Julian Castro compounded his folly by demanding that illegal border crossing be decriminalized.
The question of what constitutes the greatest national security threat brought some illuminating answers. Some of the candidates gave sensible or at least defendable responses such as “China” or “nuclear weapons.”
However, Beto O’Rourke and Elizabeth Warren said that the most serious national security threat facing the United States is climate change.
The fixation on climate change has brought forth from the fever swamps all sorts of damaging and dangerous policy proposals, such as the Green New Deal. Even if one thinks that Climate Change is a problem, the fact that no Democrat has mentioned nuclear power and carbon capture as solutions prove that they are not serious.
The weather may be the excuse, but the insatiable desire by the left to control every aspect of American life is the reason.
Tulsi Gabbard, the young, telegenic representative from Hawaii, proved to be someone who bears watching. Gabbard served in a medical unit with a tour in Iraq and another in Kuwait.
Thus, she has taken the opportunity presented by her service by channeling John Kerry, the Vietnam vet who morphed into an anti-war protestor.
Gabbard suggested that it is time to bug out of Afghanistan, something that may prove popular to war-weary Americans. However, she got into a tussle with Tim Ryan, who feels that a bug out would leave Afghanistan to the terrorists and the status quo antebellum, with the country becoming a base for attacks on the United States, such as 9/11.
Gabbard got into a wrangle over whether the Taliban or Al Qaeda flew the planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. However, Gabbard, using the “I have seen the horrors of war, so I have moral authority” card had clearly not thought the idea through. Afghanistan will remain a problem whether Americans are there or not.
The upshot is that President Trump could be forgiven for turning the debate off in his quarters on Air Force One and turning on a baseball game.
Watching a bunch of potential opponents destroy themselves can be amusing for the first thirty minutes, but soon devolves into a bad skit on Saturday Night Live.