Last night was the second evening of the Democratic Presidential debates. A new team of 10. They came to play. Not like the previous evening that lacked a punch. Probably because most of the major candidates were scheduled for last night.
My thoughts, observations, etc.
There was a major drawback. Most of the participants were into yesterday. Few spoke to any degree about tomorrow. Their thoughts for the future of the U.S., its programs, etc.
Biden. Screwed up big time. Disappointing. Probably the best qualified. However it did not come across. Harris buried him.
They say Biden does not practice for the debates as he should. A mistake. Even champions have to get ready.
Biden had to know someone was going to come at him with his comment last week re the 2 Southern Senators from more than a generation ago. Biden’s response defensive. Biden was making the point he could work across the aisle. His message simply stated. Misconstrued by many. It became the basis to beat him up re his purported admiration and support of the segregationist south.
Biden should have been ready to pointedly and effectively jump on the defense when the issue was raised. The issue was a yesterday problem. He reacted and voted consistent with the rest of the country. One reacted to events that way. Quickly Biden should have then spelled out one of the primary issues today is police shooting blacks and offered his thoughts re the issue. Bingo! He would have taken control of the argument and thrown Harris off.
He went into yesterday on other items also. He must stop. A brief comment fine. But get on the offense quickly. Control the dialogue. Otherwise, he will not be the candidate.
I have spent considerable time evaluating Biden’s performance because I believe him best qualified to be our next President.
Harris. A fighter. Unquestionably. If she were President, the country would be in good hands. Though Biden is the more experienced and would make a better President. A Biden/Harris ticket would be a winner.
Sanders. Sad.His comments a rehash of 2016. The election is 4 years later. New times, new issues. He cannot win with 2016 alone. His poll ratings will continue falling.
Buttegieg. Love this guy! Brilliant. Perhaps the most articulate politician in years. Outshining even Obama. Not his time, however. A bit too young and his same sex marriage needs more time to take hold.
The winner last night. NBC’s Jonathan Allen said it correctly: “Donald Trump the winner of the first debate.”
Which brings me to a final point. Besides discussing present and future issues to be dealt with, the candidates should have beat Trump up a bit. From my perspective, Trump got a free ride.
Enjoy your Day!