No Elizabeth, You Did not Lose Because of Your Gender, You were Just Too Far Left.

I was thinking about writing a post prior to Super Tuesday, but I saw no likely outcome that I would like.  Like most, I didn’t believe Biden could become Lazarus  and rise from the dead, and if any of the others had done exceptionally well (except Amy Klobuchar, another unifier, who already had way over performed given her minimal name recognition) it would only have left the party fractious, easy pickings for our fraud king in November.  A choice between Bloomberg, the billionaire, and Bernie the socialist felt like defeat.

But like Lazarus, Biden had someone with a magic touch, Congressman James Clyburn,  who brought him to life with his backing. Clyburn is arguably the most respected black leader in the country, and his public backing did much to bring Biden back from dormancy.  His backing prompted a huge win in South Carolina.  And other states followed suit.

It has been argued that Biden was already moving up in the polls at the time, but so what.   It shows that Dems were looking for someone reliably in the center and didn’t care so much for the revolution promoted by Sanders and Warren.  And that outpouring of support seemed to rejuvenate the often ho-hum Biden.  If they could get excited so could he.  He has looked like a different man of late.

But going back to Warren and other women who want to stress how sexism robbed her of her rightful place as a candidate.  SHE TOOK 3RD IN HER OWN STATE behind Biden (who didn’t campaign there, and Sanders).  How about looking into that matter first before raising the “S” card.  Ah, Liz, before whining about sexism what’s your explanation for that dismal result ?

Warren lost because she was too far left at a time when “return to normalcy” was hungered for in response to Trump’s never ending tornado through the political process.  Daily every news cycle began with something Trump had done, not done or said.

Part of the Biden miracle was the willingness of other centrists candidates to give up their campaigns and back him immediately before Super Tuesday.  It has been rumored Obama may have had a hand in that……if so, fine with me.

Look it.  I have a lot of respect for Warren.  I could consider her in 2024.  I’m not saying gender inequity in politics is not an important issue.  What I’m saying is right now, when battling the cancer that Trump has produced in our body politic, that all eyes must be focused on defeating him.  We must form an unbreakable unity.  Once he’s gone all other issues can be debated.

I have heard Elizabeth Warren say this is not a time to think small but to think big. Wrong.  This is a time for a return to normalcy.  When the rule of law is reestablished and the courts regain respect and the press is not called “the enemy of the people.”

This is the time to right our basic sense of what America stands for.


Thoughts about the Democratic Primary Food Fight so Far

First of all, nobody stole the show in last night’s first “debate” in my opinion.  Other than Elizabeth Warren, those doing best in the polls battle tonight, so she was the favorite in the betting, so to speak.   As such, she had the most to lose, and I think she held up well enough.

This is mostly a wait and see for me.  Wait and see who the polls show got a bump and who got a trip, like to stumble.   The long shot candidate that caught my eye (as well as that of my friend Tom located at a separate viewing site) was Tulsi Gabbard.  She had a confident presence on the stage, especially when Middle East policy came up. Deployed twice in the area when in the National Guard, the Hawaii congresswoman looked formidable despite only getting about seven minutes of talk time (Cory Booker got the most, 10 minutes).

I wanted to hear more from her, which wasn’t my reaction to most.

As it turns out, the sample size impressed by Gabbard was much larger than Tom and I.   According to Fox News she was the most googled of the candidates nationally after the show, while Warren had been most googled prior to the performance.

Another point of interest was how much more male candidates interrupted others to speak.    That gave the boys more speaking time, which prompted David Leonardt of the New York Times to criticize the panelists for letting the men get away with it.

It makes me ponder how much we interpret rudeness and bullying as strength (anybody in particular come to mind?)  I also wonder how Kamala Harris, a former district attorney not shy to interrupt, will handle that tonight.

As for this evening’s round of candidate promos, Charlie Sykes, a conservative with a conscience, sums up the likely plot with admiral succinctness:

“This is Joe Biden’s debate and race to lose.   He must come off not doddering, not vague and not defensive.”