Feeling my own pain, I watched last night’s Democratic debate from Nevada, which I have to say sparkled in the first hour as Elizabeth Warren tore into Mike Bloomberg for his racism and sexism. Indeed, all our regulars took their shots at the billionaire, but I thought Warren landed the most telling ones. Throughout the proceedings, Bloomberg largely looked bored; perhaps he was mentally counting the billions he’d saved under Trump’s tax rebate for the richest.
Anyhow, I somehow endured the entire two hours, though the dishonest questioning of Bernie Sanders by the panel put me on edge. Basically, they hinted he was an un-American socialist-communist who’d soon collapse from another heart attack. It was that bad.
Here’s how I see the candidates and their performances, post-debate and in alphabetical order:
Joe Biden: I think he profits the most from Bloomberg being on the stage, because Uncle Joe no longer has the worst record. As the other candidates went after Bloomberg, Biden could wax nostalgically about the good old days under Obama. He did OK.
Mike Bloomberg: Mayor Mike is a mega-rich old white guy consumed by his own ego and smugness. He didn’t even bother trying to connect with people. Money is his connection.
Pete Buttigieg: Mayor Pete is mega-poor young white guy consumed by his own ego and smugness. As he got into a few tussles with Amy Klobuchar, I found myself rooting for Amy.
Amy Klobuchar: She’s good when she’s delivering prepared lines, but she faltered when asked about her inability to name the president of Mexico. She was both defensive and disingenuous, not the best combination.
Bernie Sanders: Bernie is always Bernie. Consistent passion on behalf of workers is his sweet spot. He hit a home run as he talked about socialism for the rich and rugged individualism for the poor.
Elizabeth Warren: Something about the presence of Bloomberg lit a fire under Warren. She had someone to torch, and she hit the target. She also brought her remarks back to people of color on several occasions. Perhaps her best debate performance yet.
As usual, the mainstream media was awful. Did you know capitalism is the religion of America? Apart from Bernie, the candidates professed their belief in capitalism as if the almighty god of America is Mammon. Then again, our money says “In [this] God We Trust.” In all seriousness, there’s something truly unseemly about all the money-grubbing in these debates.
Of course, you already know what was missing in this debate. There were no questions on foreign policy. None on America’s wars. None on the military-industrial complex. None on Iran or North Korea or Venezuela. There were questions on trade that involved China and Mexico, but that was about it. But at least climate change was discussed.
Most revealingly of all, the candidates were asked if the candidate with the most delegates should be the party’s nominee, even if that candidate lacked the requisite number for a first ballot win. All the candidates said, “let the [rigged] process play out,” meaning let the establishment’s super-delegates determine the winner, except for Bernie, who is likely to be the candidate with the most delegates who gets screwed by the DNC this summer.
And there you have it. Time for a third party and a true political revolution, Bernie.