Democrat Zoo - Debates Part II - Key Takeaways
Then again, I don't speak Spanish. I might have missed the best part I jokes.
I Would Have Missed This Joke
Is this the US?
I thought this was the US.
Perhaps I was mistaken.
Enough of that. Let's put a spotlight on what I did watch.
The New York Times provides a complete transcript.
Zoo Part II - Free Stuff
In zoo part II, all 10 Democrat candidates supported "free" health care for illegal aliens.
Let's not call that socialism.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper warned “if we don’t clearly define that we are not socialists, the Republicans are going to come every way they can and call us socialists”.
Apparently, if we profess we are not socialists, we must not be.
Amazingly, free healthcare is not a "handout" either.
Pete Buttigieg said “This is not about a handout. This is an insurance program. And we do ourselves no favors by having 11 million undocumented people in our country unable to access health care.”
So, free healthcare is neither socialism nor a handout. It is simply a free benefit to 11 million people living here illegally.
That was the key joke of the evening.
Kidnapping and Child Abuse
In another notable moment, Author Marianne Williamson accused Trump of “kidnapping” and “child abuse.”
Of course, that proclamation quickly became unanimous.
No doubt they were all wondering: Why didn't I think of that first?
Piling on to the moment we saw fake tears from Kamala Harris.
It was so obvious, I nearly cried myself.
Then Harris got into it with Joe Biden regarding busing. It was a heated display of "he said, she said".
I was hoping for a fist fight (I believe it would have been an entertaining knockout win for Harris in about two punches). Alas, we will never know. It was verbal fight only, broken up by the moderators.
No Time for Sanders
While the others were busy interrupting each other, Sanders got no time. He was both polite and pathetic.
He kept politely raising his hand hoping to be called on for a rebuttal, but never was.
When directly asked, he repeated the nonsensical idea that the word will end in 12 years if we do nothing about global warming.
He got no applause. For anything.
His time has come and gone. The millennials dumped him and the parties won't support him although he is the only honest one in the pack.
By that I means he genuinely believes what he says. At least he has the decency to admit he is a socialist.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg actually looked and sounded presidential. This assumes, of course, that you only care about pronunciation rather than actual content of what he said.
That aside, he did have a well thought out reply to shootings in South Bend and the racial makeup of the police force.
Regardless, on a looks-sounds basis, Buttigieg was the likely winner.
Harris said she would issue an executive order banning certain guns.
Rep. Eric Swalwell proposed buying back 15 million assault weapons and making compliance mandatory.
The "NRA is on the run," said Swalwell.
He then got into an exchange with Sanders who only wants to ban the guns, not buy them back.
Blue Ribbon for Biden
I award Joe Biden a blue ribbon for getting in the most words and time while saying nothing intelligible at all.
Fashionably Getting Attention
Andrew Yang did not wear a tie.
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams asked: “Mr. Yang, would it kill you to throw on a tie?”
Apparently, this was "Big News".
Yang did repeat his pledge to give everyone in the US $1,000 a month no questions asked for everyone 18 or older. He would pay for this with value added taxes creating a "trickle up" economy.
Williamson was the only person to speak less than Bernie Sanders. The moderators shunned her. Her sappy closing speech provides all you need to know.
"So, Mr. President, if you’re listening, I want you to hear me please—you have harnessed fear for political purposes and only love can cast that out. So, I sir, I have a feeling you know what you’re doing. I’m going to harness love for political purposes. I will meet you on that field and, sir, love will win."
If you can find a video clip of that, play it. It's a riot.
Provided you were not hoping for sensible plans and ideas, the debate was quite entertaining.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock