I watched both debate nights with the twenty Democrats running for President. Four hours I can never get back. Watching them talking over each other, shouting one another down, and desperately dodging questions did not inspire confidence or show me anything remotely Presidential.
Warren was essentially a female impersonation of Bernie. Bernie was his usual strident self: like Hillary, he seems unable to speak in a normal tone of voice. Swallwell came across like a middle-schooler about to be dropped from the Drama Club because of his poor acting skills. Review it on YouTube: when Harris schooled Biden on his civil rights record, his facial expression and body language were a cross between a whipped dog and a sullen child who has been caught being naughty.
The one I’d had hopes for was Buttigieg. He had started off being the only adult on the stage with his comments about pie-in-the-sky Socialist programs that could never be successfully funded, but he lost me when the moderator asked about the current controversial police shooting in the community where he serves as mayor. After saying, correctly, that it was premature to discuss it until the investigation is complete, he then rendered his own words hollow by implying that innocent black people are more in danger from police than innocent white people. Asked why his police department was only 6% black in a community with a 26% black population, he was either too clueless or too politically correct to give the honest answer any honest cop or honest sociologist could have provided. Politicians of his ilk, and the media, have given the black community the impression that white police are all Bull Connor, and asking a promising young black candidate to join the force is like inviting a Jew to join the Gestapo. Hell, young white people don’t want to be cops today either: any law enforcement agency can tell you how hard it is to find qualified candidates for entry positions in police work in America right now.
And on gun owners’ civil rights, of course, they were all hostile. Like the Sanders/Clinton debate in the last Presidential run-up, they were racing each other to see who could be the most “anti.” They were led in this by Swallwell, who seems to think we’re all stupid enough to believe his mandatory “buyback” scheme is somehow different from mandatory confiscation. (Never trust people who speak in oxymorons. “Buyback” is a contradiction in terms. You can’t “buy back” that which you never owned in the first place.) Even Buttigieg, the only one on the stage with any military experience, couldn’t seem to acknowledge the difference between your semi-automatic AR15 and the true assault rifles like the fully automatic M16s and M4s he and his fellow personnel were issued in Afghanistan.
Ronald Reagan was speaking for many of us all those years ago when he said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left me.”