The four worst moments of the Democrat debate

by Peter Heck
Sep 16th, 2019 12:10 pm

This isn’t going well for the Democrats.  It seems impossible that in a primary campaign that began with a candidate pool numbering in the low thousands that the ten people the party put on stage last week were their best options.

Given that my politics are conservative and that my worldview is decidedly Christian, it’s unsurprising that I would have profound ideological differences with all the potential nominees that gathered in Houston last Thursday.  But with a few significant exceptions, it really wasn’t the policy proposals that were so obnoxious. It was the pandering, the blatantly obvious attempts for Twitter love, the awkwardly scripted one-liners, and the unprincipled promises to redistribute the wealth and property of a smaller group of citizens to a larger group that were so galling.

In fact, here were the four worst moments from this disastrous three hours in Texas:

Beto O’Rourke’s tough-guy routine on guns.  Most people are tiring of Beto’s desperate attempts to appear youthful by cussing a lot. It’s an axiom that profanity is nothing more than the futile attempt of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully. But Robert Francis O’Rourke is 46 years old, and the man seems obsessed with making everyone believe he’s a tough guy. And what better issue to prove that than guns.

So it was hardly a surprise that when the topic came up, the man who has rebranded his campaign to be about guns and Trump was ready with a scripted line: “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

On Twitter, his campaign later added to that statement, “If it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on the battlefield, we’re going to buy it back.” Of course you can’t “buy it back” if you never sold it in the first place. What Beto means is that he would confiscate the property (guns) of citizens and would use the property (money) of those citizens to do it.

Julian Castro’s decides mocking old age is a good move. Am I concerned about former Vice President’s mental state? Yes. Not in the sense that I think he’s going insane or is struggling with dementia. But the presidency puts an incredible mental and emotional strain on the one who occupies the office. Nothing about Biden’s public performances convinces me it is wise for the country to put him in that position.

But none of that is a joke. None of it is a one-liner. And it’s grossly juvenile and, dare we say it, “ageist” to mock an older man’s slowness and forgetfulness. Apparently when you’re Julian Castro and are struggling desperately to keep your head above water, you’re willing to risk it:

“Are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago?” the 44-year-old Castro fired at Biden, 76, during a spirited exchange about healthcare during the debate. “I mean, I can’t believe that you said two minutes ago that they had to buy in, and now you’re saying they don’t have to buy — you’re forgetting that.”

Elizabeth Warren’s word-salad terrorism rant. Imagine for just a second what it would be like if you were sitting at your family Thanksgiving, and suddenly your 70-year-old grandma was put on the spot, unprepared, and required to share her thoughts on America’s ongoing war against terror.

I’m guessing it would sound a lot like Elizabeth Warren sounded at the debate:

“We need to make a big shift… We need to treat the problem of terrorism as a worldwide problem. And that means we need to be working with all of our allies. Our European allies, our Canadian allies, our Asian allies, our allies in Africa and in South America. We need to work together to root out terrorism. It means using all of our tools. It means economic investment, it means expanding our diplomatic efforts instead of hollowing out the State Department and deliberately making it so we have no eyes and ears in many of these countries. We need a foreign policy that is about our security and about leading on our values.”

Besides demonstrating a strong grasp of junior high world geography, there’s not much there. And let’s not miss that Warren meandered through this forest of irresolute nonsense a day after the country remembered the horrific terror that visited our shores and was thankfully met with a clarity and decisiveness that she convinced everyone listening she lacks.

Biden wants to empty the jails. Criminal justice reform is one thing. Joe Biden’s suggestion last Thursday night was something completely different:

“We are in a situation now where there are so many people who are in jail and shouldn’t be in jail. The whole means by which this should change is the whole model has to change. We should be talking about rehabilitation. Nobody should be in jail for a nonviolent crime.”

Consider what Biden is actually saying here. Those guilty of burglary, cyber crimes, racketeering, vandalism and destruction of private property, drunk driving, and a host of other crimes should not be sentenced to prison. The former Vice President’s solution to overcrowding in our jails? Leave the cell doors open.

All they had to do was not be crazy.