Post-Debate – Democrats at Ground Zero New Hampshire

Offering some pithy comments from a non-professional journalist, but a very avid voter. At this point in time, Trump should not worry.

Someone out in journo-land had asked the question, to paraphrase, who’s bright idea was it to hold a debate on a Friday night. I might add, perhaps there was an underlying reason — Friday night, the likelihood of fewer viewers watching after a long week.

For all the political junkies out there, of which I’m one, having held public office and a Washington political appointment, I sat through the almost entire three hours of last night’s debate. My observations, solely my own, of the candidates on stage, in no particular order.

February 7, 2020 New Hampshire Debate (Elise Amendola, A/P)

Senator Amy Klobuchar, (D-MN) – She had a good night, with her best relatable moments at the closing of the debate. She’s someone who grew up in a family that the democrats of Hubert Humphrey’s time could relate to, hard-working, blue-collar, honest. She’s not too far left, and looks like she has a head on her shoulders. She needs more exposure and more air time if she has any chance of gaining ground and really being taken seriously as a candidate.

Andrew Yang – entrepreneur, philanthropist. One of his key new proposals should he become President, is to ” enact the Freedom Dividend: $1,000 a month, no strings attached, for every American 18 and older, paid for by a new tax on the companies benefiting most from automation.” Think about this. Using the 2010 census, there were 112.8 million Americans aged 18-44, and 81.5 million Americans, aged 45-64. Do the math, 194 million Americans at $1000/month equals $194 billion per month. Are there enough companies out there to be able to pay a tax that is the equivalent of over $1 trillion dollars. Secondly, I’m not into giving people a free handout just because they’re alive. While Yang is articulate, he’s another younger version of Bernie and Elizabeth.

Tom Steyer – hedge fund manager, and billionaire. Like Andrew Yang, Steyer is a first-time candidate for public office. The only difference is that billionaire Steyer financed Hillary Clinton’s campaign, “he shelled out some $65 million to back Democratic candidates and environmental causes during the 2016 election.”  According to an article in Forbes, “when Donald Trump, who Steyer has called “mentally unstable,” won the White House, Steyer launched an all-out offensive, including a national ad campaign calling for Trump’s impeachment. He has spent some $40 million on the initiative.” Given that Steyer lives in San Francisco, we can bet he’s another friend of Pelosi and Schiff. He’d do better spending his money cleaning up the streets and caring about the homeless in his own city first.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA) – Second only to Bernie Warren in the number of taxpayer-funded freebies that she’ll give away, she’s become the mouthpiece of all the downtrodden whom society has wronged through the years. In March of 2019, Fauxcahontas, I mean Warren, tweeted her support of a bill introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, (D-TX) that would pay reparations, “slavery is a stain on America & we need to address it head on. I believe it’s time to start a national, full-blown conversation about reparations. I support the bill in the House to support a congressional panel of experts so that our nation can do what’s right & begin to heal.” She’s running to be Commander-in-Chief, but I think the better descriptive is “Panderer-in-Chief.”

Pete Buttigieg – former Mayor of South Bend, IN, US Navy veteran. Out of nowhere, Pete Buttigieg has now become a front-runner courtesy of the one and only Iowa caucuses. Highly educated, (Harvard and Oxford) and having served a deployment in Afghanistan, Buttigieg appeals to younger wing of the Democratic party. Placed next to a trio of septuagenarians, he was a fresh face, who proved articulate, but he was pounded on to explain aspects of his record as Mayor. Quite frankly, Buttigieg reminds me of Ross Perot’s comment about Gov. Bill Clinton, during the 1992 debates, to paraphrase, ‘just because you can run he corner drugstore, doesn’t mean you can run WalMart.” Buttigieg needs more experience in the public sector; running for President is still beyond him. Doesn’t inspire confidence.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, (D-VT) – at 78, he’s one year older than Biden, but looks and acts about 10 years younger. No one really talks about millionaire Bernie and his wife and how they became so rich, because they’re too busy counting all the giveaways that Democratic Socialist Bernie is planning, courtesy of the “rich corporations” and god knows what or who else is in his cross-hairs. Bernie’s a fan of Sweden and Denmark’s socialist programs, but what he doesn’t realize is that the economy of those two countries together doesn’t even meet the economy of the state of Texas, not to mention the size of their populations. So while the people in the private sector work and create wealth, Bernie’s going to ensure that wealth is fairly shared with the have nots and under-privileged, but he doesn’t discuss the rules playbook. P.S. when you lose Chris Matthews, you’ve got a problem.

Joe Biden, former US Vice President, former Senator from Delaware – Saving the best for last. Is it me or does “Uncle Joe” or “Creepy Joe” look older than his 77 years. In fact, he looks like 87. And why did it appear that Joe was yelling at me and the other candidates. Joe’s ramblings, sometimes incoherently, and the stress of the impeachment — bringing the shenanigans of the entire Biden clan to the forefront of the news — has taken its toll. He has no business being on the debate stage, but appears to be running to hold up the side of the party that produced the likes of Adlai Stevenson and Hubert Humphrey, both of whom, Joe probably knew. If his showing in New Hampshire follows the same pathways as Iowa, Joe’s toast.

And that opens the door for Hillary.

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