Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney seemed to be the most mainstream candidate at Wednesday’s first Democratic Party presidential debate. I think that’s why he got less screen time than Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Delaney has created jobs and believes that we need a living wage and money needs to be put in the hands of workers. As the debate wore on, and on the few occasions he got to speak up, he continued to sound like the old Democratic Party.
While several other candidates endorsed the elimination of all private health insurance (see Warren and NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio) or “Medicare for All,” (see Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Booker, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar), Delaney recognized that this – as proposed – would keep Medicare payments at the same levels they currently are, which would close hospitals. He pushed for his party to be that of one that works to fix what is broken.
It is my opinion that Delaney had the best line of the night, “We need real solutions, not impossible promises.”
Rep. Tim Ryan seemed to pick up on Delaney’s mainstream vibe. “We have a perception problem with the Democratic Party,” he said. He discussed how the party is seen by some as that of the elite and coastal crowd – not that of the working class.
Delaney also stood for discussing the cause of the flood of illegal immigrants coming to America’s southern border. He believes it is up to America to solve the problem. I agree that pressure needs to be put on Latin America to care for their own citizens, but that’s just not happening.
In fact, with as much discussion as there was about illegal immigration, no NBC News moderator asked those currently serving in Congress why they’re not in Washington, D.C., working on the problem.
Moderator Rachel Maddow asked a question about the Mueller Report and the possible impeachment or prosecution of Donald Trump when he leaves office. Delaney said, “This is not the number-one issue people ask us about.” What he’s heard on the campaign trail – which he has been on for quite some time in Iowa – are concerns about schools, jobs, infrastructure, etc.
But Delaney and a few others on stage seemed to be drowned out by Booker and Warren throughout the debate.
In the first hour, Warren seemed to get more questions and screen time. I did not time it, I am just offering up my perception. She not only got the first question of the first hour, but the first one of the second as well. That is, after NBC fixed its audio issues.
This might be a good time to bring up how NBC might be fit to run a debate for the Democratic Party because of its Leftist leanings. For example, I go back to the 2016 campaign when the outlet – being fully aware of the infamous Trump/Billy Bush/bus tape – chose to hold it until shortly before Election Day as a late shot at Trump. Why didn’t they play it sooner? The timing was very suspicious, and let’s not get into the nonstop coverage of Russian collusion nonsense, with nary a story on Obama weaponizing the Department of Justice nor Hillary’s actual Russian collusion in the Uranium One deal.
Maddow and Chuck Todd each seemed to target a candidate with a question in the second hour. Todd came across as disrespectful to Gabbard when he asked why the LGBTQ community should trust her after past stances she has taken. Gabbard explained what she has done for that community and explained her socially conservative upbringing.
Maddow then pointed to Klobuchar, asking her what she has done for African-Americans and Latinos. Klobuchar’s response was that she worked to improve economic conditions in largely minority communities and said, “We will work to make sure everyone can vote in this country.”
Nobody followed up to see if that included illegal immigrants.
This is probably a good time to bring up something confusing to me. Booker, Julian Castro and Robert Francis O’Rourke each spoke Spanish in different answers. Why? I thought an understanding of the English language was a requirement for citizenship and that the right to vote was reserved for citizens. That bothered me.
Getting back to Booker, he joined Warren in bashing corporations and insurance companies. He supports breaking up major corporations that have become too powerful and intellectual. I wonder if that includes Google/YouTube, which this week was exposed by Project Veritas for working to try to undermine our free elections by further suppressing candidates they don’t like.
Other than getting more time, Booker didn’t really stand out from the rest of the field. He would have unlimited abortions, would force gun owners to have licenses and believes that transgendered Americans – especially African-Americans – need more rights.
Warren’s success depends on how far Left a Democrat has gone. She complained about consolidated corporations, without thinking of how much power the federal government has consolidated – which would only increase if she had her way. Which entities have done more in human history to destroy lives by taking too much power? Government or capitalists?
Warren continued her tirade against capitalism by pointing out that corporations are only loyal to profits. I believe that’s because their investors demand profits and the only way to live life is by making money. Corporations pay people, maybe not as much to everyday workers to those who shoulder more responsibility.
She hates on corporations, but expects the country to see a $23 trillion market for “green” technology open up.
Then again, she and Booker both believe that gun violence is a national health emergency. Warren would solve it with research – like a disease – while Booker would just further restrict rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
If there is a second place for someone making sense, it would be Gabbard. At least she has served our country and recognizes the problem with endless wars and seeking more with Iran. The problem is, though, that she said, “We need to get back into the Iran nuclear agreement.”
No, we do not. All of the Democrats on stage tonight want to get back to placating Iran, either through the Obama deal or a new one.
I believe all of them need civics education, however, as they all called the United States a democracy. We are, of course, a constitutional representative republic.
I haven’t commented much on Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state because he is nothing but a one-note candidate, and that note is “climate change”. While they all bought into this nonsense that man can solve problems with the entire Earth by collecting more in taxes and reducing freedoms in one country, Inslee believes it is the biggest threat our country faces. At least the others identified Iran, China and Russia as threats.
Nobody brought up North Korea. Will they credit Trump for what he’s done to work with that country?
Ryan didn’t get much screen time, so he didn’t offer much. But Gabbard schooled him when – after 17 years in Congress – he believes we have to be engaged in the discussion about Afghanistan. Gabbard responded, “That answer is unacceptable.” She went on to say the war needs to end, bring our troops home and stop spending money in the Middle East.
“We are no better off in Afghanistan today than we were when this war started,” Gabbard said.
I’ll include links to these candidates’ sites for you to make your own decision. This is just my analysis and my opinion, nothing more.
Take care of yourself and thank you for reading.