Dem Debate: Who Does #2 Work For?    

  By: Katie Petrick
   Published : August 2, 2019

Another month, another Democratic debate for the 2020 presidential election. The second of 12 debates took place in Detroit, Mich. on Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 30, much in the same format as the first. There were 10 candidates on each night, and all the antics and pie-in-the-sky ideas were featured as candidates sprinted as far to the left as they could potentially get.

But before the CNN-hosted debates even kicked off, it was Democratic National Chair Tom Perez serving as the hype man to get the crowd excited.

“Climate change is an economic crisis. It’s a public health crisis. It’s a moral crisis. It threatens our universe. And we must take action now,” Perez screamed at the crowd on night one.

Indeed, climate change was a topic of concern for the Democrats, and according to the CNN poll taken ahead of the debate, was the number one issue viewers wanted the candidates to discuss.

While there was roughly 10 percent of both evenings devoted to the topic, both evenings had their own political agendas, focused on targeting the top candidates: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on night one and former vice president Joe Biden on night two.

The 77-year-old Sanders came out swinging, as he knew he needed to provide energy in an attempt to display vitality. But he was quickly smacked by some of the lesser-known candidates who did their best to provide any sense of sanity on that stage. At one point, Sanders was provoked to yell “I wrote the damn bill,” when Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) made claim about Sanders’ “Medicare for All bill” that would provide almost free-everything healthcare.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) also attempted to show sanity to the many far-left candidates sharing the stage.

“Why do we have to be so extreme? Why can’t we just give everyone healthcare as a right and allow them to have choice? I’m starting to think this is not about healthcare,” said Delaney in response to Sanders’ address of his plan.

Night two featured the attack against Biden, who is notorious for pointing out that he rubbed elbows with President Barack Obama for eight years. But the candidates went on the offensive, pointing out that Obama’s presidency is not without faults.

“Mr. Vice President you can’t have it both ways,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). “You invoke President Obama more than anybody in this campaign. You can’t do it when it’s convenient and then dodge it when it’s not.”

Overall, not much new information came out of the debates. But it was interesting to note that on night one, the candidates’ proposals, if all implemented, would cost more than $200 trillion, with $94 trillion ticketed for the Green New Deal. Plus, there would be an unknown amount of money that would be handed out if reparations for black Americans was approved. Despite 67 percent of the general public opposing reparations, according to the most recent Gallup poll, the candidates could not help but pander to the idea of trading money for votes.

And they had to make as many claims as possible of all of the so-called racism that exists in America. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made claims of environmental racism, healthcare racism, economic racism, criminal justice racism, etc. In summary: everything is racism, especially if President Trump is involved.

But the highlight of the debate, in this humble writer’s opinion, is the one-and-only Marianne Williamson, a spirituality and self-help author, who, after the first debate, was expected to provide some fire in her quirky comments in the second debate. She did not disappoint.

“The racism, the bigotry and the entire conversation that we’re having here tonight, if you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country, then I’m afraid that the Democrats are going to see some very dark days,” Williamson said.

Of all the candidates, Williamson embraced her religion on the stage. While the other candidates focused on bickering and trying to make the political appeal, Williamson went straight to her spirituality, because to her, progressivism is her religion.

By the end of both nights, viewers were bored and uninspired, with not a lot of substantive information gained about the candidates. Just think, only 10 more of these before attention can be turned to the actual debates that matter.

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