My thoughts on the February 19th Democratic debate: Overall, a total debacle for the Democrats. The Democratic Party must accept responsibility for allowing the chaos that ensued from lack of control. A better format would have allowed each candidate sufficient time to explain his/her platform. Instead, they were a bunch of angry kids trying to insult one another and all suffered as a result. And we are supposed to take them seriously as candidates for the highest office in the land? No thank you.
Warren was her usual nervous, angry self. I expected her head to come flying off at any moment. Biden looked like a refugee from a retirement home, not a serious candidate for president. Buttigieg displayed the charisma of a five-year-old. Klobuchar couldn’t inspire anyone with her phony smile and undisciplined debate style. It was an ironic moment when Buttigieg accused her of not being qualified. I desperately wanted her to respond with, “Look who’s talking,” but she let me down.
That leaves Sanders and Bloomberg. Sanders, red as a beet, came off as an angry old fool who wants the government to take total control, a very dangerous proposition. He wants to continue Obama’s anti-business agenda with a dystopian government that is right out of Orwell’s 1984. The thought of this man as president makes me ill. His concept of the republic is the diametrical opposite of what was intended by the Founding Fathers, who conceived of a limited government with strong checks and balances.
And now for Mayor Bloomberg. This was an important debate because it was Bloomberg’s debut. We have seen his numerous TV ads but haven’t encountered him in the flesh. He looked totally uncomfortable, like he wanted to be somewhere else, anywhere else. His comments on stop-and-frisk were pathetic, as were his responses to the vicious attacks from Warren on his attitude toward women. On the whole, a complete disappointment.
The positions taken by all of them are simply untenable. They consider climate change to be the main issue facing the country. They want us back in the Paris Accord. “We believe in science,” they said. Actually, they believe in the moronic ravings of a teenage Joan of Arc-knockoff from Sweden. Sanders pushed the silly argument that the world will implode in six years if we don’t impose carbon penalties. Similar predictions have proven to be pure nonsense. Fortunately, Trump understands that the government cannot legislate climate. All it can do is destroy the US economy in order to solve a non-existent problem.
The Democrats say they want to restore the economy, which is complete nonsense—the economy is in great shape thanks to Trump. Everybody knows this. In consequence, whatever credibility they may have had went up in smoke. They want open borders. This is a thinly-disguised attempt to flood the country with Democratic voters from south of the border. And they want socialism. Bloomberg, in one of his better moments, outed Sanders as a communist—which is what he is. A Sanders presidency would wreck this country. The Democratic Party will not allow him to prevail.
The party obviously wants Bloomberg. They waived the contributions requirement so he would qualify for the debate. Unfortunately, his billions won’t make up for the lack of a coherent platform. In a prophetic tactical move by this Napoleonic megalomaniac, the 2000-plus reporters who work for Bloomberg’s news agency have been prohibited from investigating Bloomberg but encouraged to go after Trump. Scary. This is a first in my lifetime. No one has ever attempted to buy the presidency.
What will the Trump-Bloomberg debate be like? My prediction: Trump will tear him apart.
Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of eight books including his latest, Trump’s Turn: Winning the New Civil War. His articles appear regularly in Newsmax, Daily Caller, American Thinker, Townhall, LifeZette, Media Equalizer, Reactionary Times, and other online news magazines.