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The Democrats Have Cut it Down to These Two? Seriously?

I’m sure there are those who will pretend otherwise, but there’s little question that for anyone watching last night’s Democrat presidential debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders with an open but discerning mind, there was but one conclusion to be drawn: the thought of either one of these two men in the White House is beyond foolish.

Let’s begin with the one who won’t win the nomination. Bernie Sanders had to score a knock-out blow last night to have any hope of performing well in Super Tuesday II and keeping his now long-shot candidacy alive. Judging by his opponent’s startling inability to think clearly, that should have been within the realm of possibility. But it didn’t come close to happening.

Oh, there were certainly moments where Sanders scored some points on the former Vice President. But the problem for Bernie was painfully obvious. Without the benefit of an audience and a crowded stage, Sanders had to do more talking, more expounding on ideas. It didn’t take long for anyone to notice, he couldn’t do it.

Bernie is, and has always been, a one-trick magician. Every problem – climate change, coronavirus, healthcare – is simply the fault of greed. No real explanation, no real elucidation on that. We’re all just supposed to accept that eating the rich by nationalizing every industry, every field, every sector of our society, will prove the solution to everything. There’s no practicality or logic behind his proposals. It’s just the same rant regardless of the issue and that became uncomfortably obvious last night.

The sad part of all this is that I guess you have to call Biden the winner, simply because he managed to not forget his own name or commit treason on stage. Still, what he did say was cringeworthy.

He promised litmus tests all around. First, his Vice President will be a woman, thus ensuring that whoever he picks will be haunted by the fact that everyone knows she was selected not because she was the best suited for the job but because she fit the part. Second, Biden promised to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court. A black woman that is really into abortion, that is. Judicial temperament, constitutional fidelity, experience and wisdom? Nah, just someone with dark skin pigmentation and without a Y chromosome. How insulting.

But that was only the beginning. Biden led off the coronavirus discussion by hacking up a lung, reminding everyone watching that the stage was occupied by two men with suspect health who will turn 80 before their first term would end. From there he announced that,

“I don’t want to get this into a back and forth in terms of our politics.”

Apparently no one had told Mr. Biden he was participating in a debate. As if that wasn’t bad enough, in about ten seconds, the former VP managed to call the coronavirus the swine flu, refer to the H1N1 virus as the “N1H1,” and called the Ebola virus (which he and Barack Obama bungled the American response to badly) “what happened in Africa.”  

Barring some late entrance into the race, or a health crisis that forces the selection of a heretofore unknown candidate, Joe Biden is going to be the nominee for the Democrats. After watching last night, there’s seriously no one that can feel good about that reality.

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