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
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
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.