Thursday, June 27, 2019

Stephen Green's "drunkblogging" Dem-debate commentary

The Democrat hopefuls—about twenty of the twenty-five—have been divided into groups of ten and given two nights in which to appear on stage and have something resembling a debate... however that's supposed to work when it's a ten-way exchange.

Instapundit and PowerLine Blog commentator Stephen Green, a.k.a. Vodkapundit, has made it a tradition to "drunkblog" events like this. His blow-by-blow commentary is here. I have yet to comb through the whole thing, but here are some quick highlights (keeping in mind this is all from a rightie/libertarian, Instapundit perspective), moving backwards in time:

11:02 p.m.:
Well, what to say?

It was a high-speed multiperson press conference where the questions were asked by cheerleaders.

That's the show the DNC wanted, and it's the show NBC delivered.

10:49 p.m.:
Gabbard catching up a bit to Booker in Google searches after that Afghanistan section. Warren kind of disappearing in hour two
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) June 27, 2019
My pet hypothesis is that Warren failed to shine in the first hour, when NBC gave her gimme after gimme, and they switched focus to the other non-winners.

10:46 p.m.:
Kudos to Delaney, for explaining that NOBODY CARES about this impeachment BS.

10:44 p.m.:
Beta is against Russian intervention and Trump, and in favor of George Washington except for the part where he held slaves.

Also, impeach now.

I guess this is his big close.

Flubbed it.

10:42 p.m.:
Actual fireworks here between Ryan and Gabbard over pulling out of Afghanistan.

If this were a real debate, this could get interesting. Instead, time to change the subject and get back to a real issue: Who hates Republicans and/or Trump the most?

10:39 p.m.:
Tim Ryan: "I have been in Congress for 17 years."

As good an argument for term limits as I've ever heard.

Isn't it time to give some other bland nonentity a chance at free travel and earning six figures?

10:24 p.m.:
#demdebate @NBCNews reactionaries won’t let Delaney speak - and he’s the only reasonable person on the stage.

— Roger Simon (@rogerlsimon) June 27, 2019
Well... yeah, we can't have that.

10:13 p.m.:
What are you going to do about ___?
“____ is terrible. I’m against ___, and I have a plan. We will get this done”
What are you going to do about ___?
“___ is a human right and I have a plan to make sure everyone will get ___”

— ???????????????? (@melifix) June 27, 2019
It's DNC Debate Mad Libs!

Damn, I wish I'd thought of that.

9:50 p.m.:
The blonde lady moderator wants to know what Cory Booker (and one of the old white guys, too, who I can't place without a scorecard) will do on DAY ONE, and no more of this "first 100 days" bullcrap, because apparently she's in a bigger hurry to push the Democrat agenda than the actual candidates are.

In short, this is a very stupid "debate."

I'll end this post with a helpful Subverse video (Subverse is one of Tim Pool's straight-news channels—no opinion, just news) that quickly surveys the Dem candidates and their positions:

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