What Do They Get?

Though I’ve never run for political office, I know a little something about it. And I know enough about the personalities of those that do run to know, you don’t always just give something away for free. You usually try to get something in return. That’s the art of negotiation. Especially when you don’t want to do what the other party wants you to do.

Let’s look at the Democrat race for president as an example. It was about a week ago, you had Pete Buttigieg drop out of the race, just before Super Tuesday. Now, Pete had a few delegates in his pocket. He’d done really well in Iowa, and could have snagged some more in the fourteen states that were up last week. You know he would have done well in Indiana. But he got that phone call from DNC Chair, Tom Perez, who asked him to drop out and throw his support to Joe Biden. What did that cost the DNC? What deal was made for Buttigieg to drop out? It wasn’t just a “Gee, ok…for the good of the party, I’ll stop doing what I’ve spent the last year and a half of my life doing”. There had to be some quo to the quid in that one!

The next morning, Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race, and threw her support to Biden as well. Now, it made sense that both of these people were going to back Biden. They were two rather moderate candidates compared to the likes of Warren and Sanders. But again, I have to ask the question, what did Klobuchar get in return? She may have slipped up a bit and given a clue during a Biden campaign stop she was on in Michigan. She said, “I could not think of a better way to end my candidacy, as hard as that was to do with our beloved staff and everyone else than to join the tick….”

Oops.

She stopped in mid-word. She was going to say “join the ticket”. That would imply that she is going to join Joe Biden as the Vice Presidential nominee. Was that what Amy Klobuchar got in return for dropping out of the race? I can’t believe that politicians at this level just leave and don’t get something in return. That most assuredly could have been Klobuchar’s angle. And it would have been a good angle for her to take.

Most people don’t believe that Joe Biden is healthy enough, or lucid enough to stay in control for four years. Was Klobuchar playing the odds that at some point in the first term of a Biden administration, she, as Vice President would have to step in and take over? It’s happened several times before…usually after the death of a president, the last time being John F. Kennedy, or the resignation of a president, as in Richard Nixon.

Now, my more liberal friends will point to the gaffe Klobuchar made and say she just misspoke. That may or may not be true. We will have to wait until the convention to find out. But regardless, it gives pause to the conspiracy theory that Joe Biden isn’t going to be able to make it four years if he is indeed elected…and that Klobuchar sees that as the way to become the first woman president in this country’s history (much to Hillary Clinton’s chagrin).

Not saying it’s going to happen. Not wishing that it will happen. Just saying what was said, and how Sigmund Freud could be smiling in his grave about right now!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Bernie IS Right On One Thing

I think Bernie Sanders is totally, 100% right on one thing, and I think it’s probably the only thing I would agree with him on.

The Democrat party is out to take him out again.

Let’s look at what happened in detail, shall we? Going into the South Carolina Primary, you have Joe Biden’s campaign on life support at best. Most said he was dead…me included. Then he gets an endorsement from House Majority Whip, Jim Clyiburn. Clyburn happens to be probably the most influential politician in the state of South Carolina…at least with Democrats. And when he comes out and endorses Joe Biden the day before the primary, it carries a lot of weight. And it worked.

Biden wins South Carolina by huge numbers. All of a sudden, with three days until Super Tuesday, Sleepy Joe receives CPR. And then Mayor Pete Buttigieg drops out of the race and throws his support to Biden. This was a guy that technically won the Iowa Caucus! And then you’ve got Amy Klobuchar change her mind on a dime, and say she’s dropping out of the race, and guess who she’s endorsing? Yup…Uncle Joe! That leaves Bernie, Joe, Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, and Tulsi Gabbard still in the running. What in the world is going on?

Well, the establishment of the Democrat party knows what’s coming up. If Bernie Sanders does well on Super Tuesday, he could vault himself into the position of not only being a front-runner, but uncatchable. So, you can bet that all weekend long, the phone lines were buzzing between Tom Perez, the DNC chair, and Buttigieg’s and Klobuchar’s campaigns. I’m sure it was explained to them that Sanders couldn’t beat Trump anywhere, and that Dems would lose big time if he gets the nod. So, they wanted those two to coalesce around Joe. And that’s what happened.

Was the fix in?

We will never really know. My hunch is, yes…the fix was in. How do you go from life support to the front-runner in three days with no organization, no money, and a bumbling candidate that thinks the Super Tuesday vote is going to take place on Thursday? You have to realize that neither Buttigieg, nor Klobuchar have a ghost of a chance to win, and that all they are doing is taking votes from a guy that has been around a LONG time, and probably deserves to be the candidate. I want you to think of Bob Dole, John McCain, or Mitt Romney on the Republican side. Same thing.

The big difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that four years ago, it was the same thing going on in the GOP. They let it ride. Trump became the nominee, and won. The GOP let it play out. The Democrats want to put the fix in so that Bernie Sanders, who isn’t viewed as a Democrat doesn’t get the nod, and yes, they were scared he would.

Then come Wednesday, Michael Bloomberg…the guy that threw upwards of $800 million by the time you counted his paid staff, and ads, and everything else…just to get 50 delegates (a cost of $16,000,000 per delegate). He says on Tuesday night he’s “in it to win it”. On Wednesday, he drops out. AND he endorses Joe Biden. No funny business going on there, huh Mr. Mayor?

Bernie Sanders is right. Unless and until the Socialist Party of the United States gets to be a major party, Sanders will never be the nominee for president. As far as the Democrat establishment is concerned, he’s an after-thought and won’t be counted on to win anything.

So, it will be Donald Trump against Joe Biden this fall. What do you think the outcome of that will be? Who do you think comes across better? Who has the more energy? Who draws crowds (Biden’s “victory” crowd Tuesday night was estimated to be about 250)? Meanwhile, Trump was drawing 30,000. And who do you think is going to be the better debater? I think you know the answer to that one!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Death Of The “Sure Thing”

New Hampshire wasn’t supposed to be where Joe Biden died. He wasn’t supposed to die at all. Remember, he said he wouldn’t do well in Iowa…he never has…and he didn’t this year either. But he was hoping for maybe a strong second or even a third place finish in New Hampshire. He didn’t even wait until the polls had closed before he skated to South Carolina.

Joe Biden is “Dead Man Walking”.

And he’s not alone. Elizabeth Warren’s speech after the polls closed congratulated Amy Klobuchar on a great run. It sounded every bit like a concession speech. Only she didn’t concede yet. In fact, as far as I can tell, there were only two concessions last night. Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet officially dropped out of the race. Deval Patrick will be throwing in the towel today.

But Warren and Biden aren’t far behind.

Oh, they both may make it to the Nevada Caucus a week from Saturday. Biden might even make it to South Carolina’s Primary the following Saturday, but they are both dead.

Just to recap last night, Sanders edged Buttigieg in New Hampshire, with Amy Klobuchar finishing a surprising third. Warren was a distant fourth, and Biden slumped to fifth, which was amazing considering he was in second just a week ago!

But when you call someone a “lyin’ dogface pony soldier”, as Biden did during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, even thinking you’re quoting John Wayne, you’re not going to do well. His exact quote was, “Iowa’s a Democratic caucus,” the former vice president responded. “You ever been to a caucus?” When Moore said she had, he responded, “No you haven’t. You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier.” The woman asked what I thought was actually a pretty good question. It was basically, that if you can’t win Iowa, how can you win a national election?

The funny thing is, Biden has used this quote before, in North Dakota during a town hall meeting in 2018. And again, he attributed it to John Wayne when asked about it later. Quite possibly, the fact he told a guy in Iowa that he was a liar, and “you need to take an IQ test”, just a week before shaded what he thought was a funny quip. It turned out to be a Howard Dean yell.

Elizabeth Warren has been on the ropes for a month. In fact, I predicted four weeks or so ago that she would be the first major candidate to withdraw from the race. I still hold true with that prediction. Because I think that Biden could do better in Nevada, certainly better in South Carolina unless he shoots himself in the foot again.

But the overall takeaway from last night was, either Biden or Warren could drop out at any moment, leaving Sanders, Buttigieg and surprisingly, Amy Klobuchar to battle it out the rest of the way. And in the end, I don’t see Sanders getting the nod…at least not at this point. Buttigieg would prove to be a much tougher battle for Donald Trump. He’s a lot more moderate, and wouldn’t upset the traditional wing of the party. Sanders on the other hand is viewed by the traditional Democrats as toxic, and not a real Democrat. Of course, Bernie’ minions will all stay seated on the sidelines if he doesn’t win the nod!

Either way, it could be, as some of the pundits are saying, a brokered convention this summer. That’d be a blast to watch!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Democrats’ Bad Week

If you relish in seeing your opposition in tears, frustrated, nothing going their way, upset to the point of depression, and you’re conservative, you’ve come to the right place! It seems that the past week has been about the worst week many Dems can remember.

It looked like it would be ok, with possibly four or five Republican Senators jumping ship and voting for witnesses in the impeachment trial. Alas…that didn’t come to fruition as only Susan Collins and Mitt (The Traitor) Romney waffled and the Democrats lost that vote 51-49. They immediately took to the microphones and cameras, declaring impeachment to be “a sham”. Of course they were right. It’s been a sham since the beginning!

Next up was the Iowa Caucuses. It was the Democrat’s turn to shine. They were going to whittle their dozen or so candidates still in the field down to maybe six or seven (including Steyer and Bloomberg). Alas…more misery as Iowa couldn’t get the votes counted. Well, that and the guy the mainstream Democrats hoped would do well finished a distant fourth and won’t be pulling any delegates out of that state. Frustration started to set in.

The very next day, the State of the Union speech took place. Donald J. Trump raised his game, giving one of the best speeches he’s ever given. He stayed on message, he never once mentioned impeachment, he even brought up several of his accomplishments that were actually strong Democrat programs that HE took credit for getting through Congress. In the end, the vision Americans will carry with them is a depressed Nancy Pelosi actually ripping up the State of the Union copy the president handed her at the beginning of the speech. It demonstrated absolutely no class in the Speaker. It showed the world how petty she was, and by association, how small the Democrats were. In the midst of the SOTU, Democrats learned that Iowa had only counted 62% of their votes in the last 24 hours and were still nowhere near declaring a winner.

Moving on to Wednesday, Democrats knew the obvious was coming. It was the day the Senate would vote on the articles of impeachment. Now, I don’t think there is a person in this country with an IQ over 50 that believed Donald Trump would be convicted on anything. And he wasn’t. In fact, Mitt (The Traitor) Romney was the only Senator to jump ship, showing he clearly doesn’t belong in the Republican party, and giving total justification that the correct person (and i HATE to say this) won the election in 2012. The “abuse of power” article went down to defeat 52-48 (needing 67 votes to pass). The “obstruction of Congress” article went down to defeat 53-47. As I said on a few other blog comments, Donald Trump and the free world cheered…Atlas Shrugged!

So, now Democrats everywhere are “depressed”. They haven’t had anything go their way this past week. They’ve shown what babies they can be when they don’t win, and it’s on display. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to be much better this week as they get back to normal in Washington, DC, and the presidential candidates try and winnow out a few votes from the folks in New Hampshire on Tuesday. The Democrats hope basically that Bernie Sanders doesn’t pull off a win, though early polls show him well ahead of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren in third, and Pete Buttigieg in fourth. Then it’s on to Nevada and South Carolina.

A few more losses, and Democrats may well have to decide it’s not worth it to run anyone in for president this year. Oh my!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

So What IF Buttigieg Gets The Nod?

All of a sudden, after a surprisingly strong showing in the Iowa Caucuses, South Bend Mayor, Pete Buttigieg is starting to be taken seriously as the nomination process heads to New Hampshire. So, what happens IF? There are a lot of “what if’s” roaming around out there. What IF Bernie Sanders wins the nod? What IF Elizabeth Warren gets out of the race and her people go to Sanders? What IF Pete Buttigieg actually gets the nomination?

Well, let’s explore this.

First of all, IF Bernie Sanders gets the nod and wins the nomination, you can be sure that the millions of Bernie fans that sat home when Hillary got the nomination, will be out in force. That said, you can pretty much be assured that the rest of the party will either stay home, or look for a third party candidate…possibly Michael Bloomberg or someone else running as an independent. They won’t be voting for Bernie because tried and true Democrats don’t see Bernie as a Democrat. They see him as an independent socialist. And I think he’d be pretty easy pickings for Donald Trump in any debate. Bernie can’t hold his own as well as he used to in debates, and he proved that in the primary debates so far. Trust me…none of those guys are as well skilled at debating as Donald Trump is.

So, what if Elizabeth Warren gets out of the race? I don’t think at this point many people feel she can get the nod, and there are quite a few Democrats that I’ve spoken with that think it would be a mistake for Democrats to nominate a woman who loses…especially after they nominated Hillary who got shellacked four years ago. If that were to happen, it might set back women in the top position on the liberal side of the fence for a decade or two. I don’t see that happening. So, what if she gets out of the race? Well, the obvious answer is, her people would start to follow Bernie. I don’t know anyone else in the race right now that’s more liberal, more socialist, more progressive than Sanders. It would be a natural transition. And then you can go back and re-read the paragraph on what happens if Bernie gets the nod all over again!

Finally, what happens if Pete Buttigieg is nominated? That’s an interesting question, and Joe Biden took a swipe at him in New Hampshire earlier this week. Biden said that Buttigieg, who’s only political experience has been mayor of a mid-sized midwestern town, doesn’t have the experience to tackle tough national problems yet…and he’s probably right about that. Mayor Pete may have more charisma than any of the other candidates out there, and may have the likability factor going for him, but he’s not going to be able to shed the fact he’s more of a neophyte than Trump ever was. At least Trump run a business that is worth more than South Bend, Indiana!

The only thing the Democrats can hope for at this point is that Sleepy Joe gets some wind at his back and climbs back into this thing. He’s about the only one of the top four candidates that would stand a chance in hell against Trump, and that’s a long shot because he’d end up losing the uber-leftist socialists that are backing Warren and Sanders…some 44% of the voters in Iowa! Truth be told, the Democrats really have their backs to the wall this year. Unless someone like a Michelle Obama or Oprah Winfrey decides to jump in at the convention and “save the party” from socialism, the party could very well do as John Kerry pointed out, and go down in flames.

That’d be a sad day because you need to have a bad guy to vanquish, and as bad as the liberals are at coming up with good ideas and being responsible stewards, you have to have someone to compare the conservatives to!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

And The Winner Is…

Actually, the winner in Iowa last night was no one. At least, that’s the way it is as I’m writing this at 3:27am in the desert!

See, they changed a lot of stuff in Iowa compared to 2016. They were announcing not one set of numbers, but three sets…the first was the first round “viability”, meaning they received at least 15% of the vote in the caucuses. Then there is the overall winner number…how many “votes” the winner got compared to everyone else…the raw vote totals. And finally, there are the delegate awards; how many people were going to the state convention to elect the 41 delegates that Iowans were going to get at the Democrat National Convention this summer.

Now, add to that the fact that they were using an app for the first time ever, and the app failed in a bunch of instances.

Here’s what we do know:

Turnout was “on par” with 2016, which was about 171,000 people, state wide. That was down from 2008 when Bobo Obama won Iowa and 240,000 people turned out. That would mean that the “excitement factor” for the Iowans didn’t appear to be there. Remember, in 2016 there were only three people running; Hillary, Bernie, and Martin O’Malley from Maryland. That meant there wasn’t much to choose from!

So, what happened at all of the candidates “watch parties”? Well, Bernie Sanders said he thought he was going to end up doing very, very well. Joe Biden said he was in it for the long haul, and was moving on to New Hampshire (where he is right now). And Pete Buttigieg? Well, the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana declared victory without any numbers being released.

Meanwhile, the campaigns were all grousing at the way the Iowa Democrat Party was running things. They were supposed to have streamlined everything over the past four years to make it more “transparent” and more fair for everybody. Instead, it looked like a cluster you know what. When the state party held a conference call with all of the campaigns about 11pm Iowa time, the campaigns shot off so many questions that the guy from the state party hung up on them. And it didn’t get better at all.

In fact, Donald Trump tweeted out, How can you trust a party to run healthcare and your government and keep you safe when they can’t even get it right at their first primary? He also hinted that there may be the same move afoot as four years ago when the fix was in against Sanders. Don’t forget, the mainstream party, people like Biden, and Nancy Pelosi, and former Democrat candidate John Kerry, have made comments that Bernie Sanders could take down the Democrat party if he were the nominee! That’s a pretty big step.

What is going to be interesting when (and if) caucus results are released, hopefully today… is to see how Elizabeth Warren is going to end up. All of the internal stuff that got leaked out showed she was really sucking sewer water in Iowa. If that were to happen, and she were to bail on her campaign, it’s most likely her supporters would go over to Sanders, and make it even tougher on Biden. And that, of course, would make it even easier for Donald Trump to win reelection!

So, we wait. And we wait. And we don’t forget that tonight is going to be the State Of The Union speech. And we will wait and see what happens after that!

Carry on world. You’re dismissed!

Sanders Top Dog In Q4 Haul

Bernie Sanders did a remarkable job in raising money in the 4th Quarter of 2019 considering he started the quarter with a heart attack! He raised $34.5 million, far surpassing both Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang in fundraising. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren had not reported their totals at the time of the writing of this, though it’s thought Warren wouldn’t do any better than $20 million.

Biden has been having money problems all year. Buttigieg raised $24.7 million and Yang brought in $16.5 million.

All three Democrats were dwarfed however, by Donald Trump. The President’s money bag was the biggest of all, hauling in $46 million in the 4th quarter on top of $230 million in the second and third quarters combined. While Sanders is going to have to spend some of that $34.5 mil in places like Iowa and Vermont during the primary season, Trump can sit on his until the general election starts after this coming summer’s conventions.

While money isn’t the only determining factor in who’s going to win a presidential election, everyone knows that money is the lifeblood of politics. And if you don’t have to actually go forward and spend any money in the primaries in order to lock up your party’s nomination, it makes you that much more likely to be able to outspend your opponent come general election time.

And, it appears with Sanders’ latest haul that the two oldest guys running in the Democrat primary are going to be the two that probably take this all the way to the convention. Unfortunately for Sanders, and I’ve said before on this site, he’s much too liberal for the moderate Democrats and independents out there to win a general election. While he may be dragging the party to the left, that has it’s disadvantages as well.

As far as Warren goes, I’ll stick with the January 2nd prediction that she’s going to be the first of the remaining five (including Bloomberg) major candidates to drop out. Her money problems have only been exacerbated by her gaffes on the campaign trail, and while her “selfie line” is still long, when the money stops coming in, can you really afford to become president one snap shot at a time?

And so, it looks more and more like it will be a Trump/Biden matchup come fall. And for Biden, the only way he can even hope to defeat Trump is a) if Trump steps all over himself and gets himself into trouble (which he has done in the past), and/or b) he gets an uber leftist running mate like Sanders that will be able to bring the far left wing of the party along. That was one of Hillary’s problems in 2016. She never saw the rise of the socialist movement, and Tim Kane wasn’t anywhere near liberal enough for the party’s left wing base.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Dems Hold 7th Debate. Was Anyone Watching?

The short answer was no, unless you count the folks that were in the audience. That’s partly because the debate was on PBS, which always has fewer viewers than when the networks and cable news channels hold debates. It’s also because mostly people have either kinda sorta made up their minds if they’re Democrats, or they just frankly don’t want to hear any more of the blather. And in this debate, there was plenty of blather.

It started long before the debate did, actually. Because there was concern that they weren’t even going to hold it due to striking workers at the site. That turned out to get solved and settled, and the debate went on. And if you listened to it at all, you probably realized that there is a new front runner…at least in Iowa. Pete Buttigieg who is up by about 9 points in the Hawkeye State got drilled by Elizabeth Warren…got pummeled by Amy Klobuchar, and got lambasted by pretty much everyone else. Ah, when you’re the leader, you take the hits.

Speaking of hits…where was Joe Biden? He barely spoke, and when he did, he sounded like the doddering uncle at a family reunion that everyone just puts in a corner and smiles at. Joe may be leading nationally, but I bet it’s not because most Democrats feel he’s the best candidate. They put him at the top because they feel he’s the best candidate they’ve got. He doesn’t look healthy, and isn’t playing a very energetic game at all. When and if he gets up against Trump, I have a feeling the comparison will be more Kennedy/Nixon than Obama/McCain. You’ll see a stark difference between the two!

There were a couple of odd moments. Tulsi Gabbard spent most of her time attacking last cycle’s candidate, Hillary Clinton. Why? Who knows? I’m beginning to wonder if Tulsi is all there. She voted “present” at the impeachment vote this past week, and really didn’t have a good explanation why. She continued by bashing the Democrat party. That’s like biting the hand that feeds you!

Look, the overall in these debates is, we’ve seen these candidates speak in this manner for up to seven times now. Is there anything new? Nope. Are they starting to get boring about “who can beat Trump”? Yup. The plain fact is, most of them can’t, and the polls are starting to show it. In fact, in the latest head to head poll, Donald Trump is leading EVERY single Democrat candidate…though granted, a few are within the margin of error. And when Trump starts really campaigning next year, only look for that number to go up… especially if the Democrats in the House keep up the mockery they’ve been making on the institution of government!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Trump Keeps Gaining In Latest Polls

The latest Quinnipiac poll was released the other day and it shows that the impeachment inquiry is having a dire effect on the presidential candidates…well, all but Donald Trump. The poll shows that 51% said Donald Trump shouldn’t be impeached, while 45% say he should. This is up from 48% saying don’t impeach and 45% say impeached just a week ago.

As far as the elections are concerned, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have moved up in the polls, while Pete Buttigieg has slumped. Overall, Biden has 29% of the Democrat voters. Sanders is in second with 17%, Elizabeth Warren with 15% and Pete Buttigieg with 9%. Since the last poll on 11/24, Biden rose 5%, while Buttigieg slipped 7%. Warren and Sanders remained in the polls margin of error.

What’s interesting is that Donald Trump gets beat in head-to-head match ups with all Democrats, even Amy Klobuchar. And that is exactly what happened four years ago at this point. Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump 47% to 41%. But in all of the head-to-head match ups, Trump has picked up about 2 points in the last two weeks.

It’s interesting to note that almost every single Democrat candidate is upside down when it comes to likeability. Biden has 44% likeability, 47% unlikeability; Sanders’ is 44-48; Warren’s is 38-45; Michael Bloomberg is upside down 21-40. Only Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar are right side up with Buttigieg getting a 31-29 rating, and Klobuchar’s is 24-23. Both are well within the margin of error. For comparison, Trump’s likeability/unlikeability is 40-57. This compares to a 35-57 when he ran for president some four years ago at this point.

So, what this poll tells us is pretty much what I’ve been saying all along. Donald Trump was down big time to Hillary Clinton at this point in 2015. In fact, most eventually winners were down at this point in their campaign. The thing Trump has going for him is that the Democrats are handing him a campaign issue with impeachment, and most Americans agree that he’s been screwed over by House Democrats. The mere fact that since the impeachment inquiry started a few weeks ago, he’s picked up two points across the board, all of it coming from independent voters, shows that he’s ripe to use that as a campaign issue, and it will translate into votes.

In fact, Republicans and independent voters seem more likely to vote this time around than they did in 2016. That doesn’t bode well for Democrats looking to win the White House, take some seats back in the Senate where Republicans are defending the majority of seats this cycle, and looking to maintain their hold in the House. It could be a clean sweep for the Republicans if this keeps up for another 11 months!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Oh Yeah…There Was Another Debate

As if anybody really cared, the Democrats had another debate Wednesday night. Of course the big elephant in the country was the impeachment hearings, but that didn’t matter. The DNC plodded forward trying to narrow it’s ever expanding list of folks. And the leader du jour, Pete Buttigieg did his best to attack the far left.

The big winner, if there really was one was Buttigieg, although Amy Klobuchar, who had her strongest performance to date, also could be considered a winner. Buttigieg spent most of the debate slamming the far left of Warren, Sanders, Harris, and Booker, and Warren’s plan of idiocy called “Medicare For All”. He called it too invasive and too expensive (at $52 Trillion by Warren’s own admission). And on that account, Mayor Pete is right.

The losers? Well, if attacking the far left is in vogue, then you’d have to say that Warren and Sanders had to be on the losing end and they were, but Joe Biden wasn’t far behind. Biden gave ample reason why people like Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick got into the race, or are at least thinking of it. Biden’s biggest gaffe probably came when he said he had the support of the only “black woman in the United States Senate”. That was a surprise to Democrat candidate, and US Senator, Kamala Harris, who was only a few feet away.

I’d also say that you’d have to put Tulsi Gabbard on the losing end as well. Gabbard spent the first part of the debate going after….the Democrats? Yup. She was deriding her own party, which seems an odd way to win the party’s nomination. Somewhere in the middle, she wised up and started attacking the far left wing. That seemed to work out a little better, but the damage was already done.

Overall, it was more of the same. It seems these days the Democrats have one note. The candidates are playing the same note on the trail, and the Democrats in the impeachment inquiry are playing the same not in the House of Representatives. It gets boring really quickly, and frankly it isn’t playing well across the country!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!