Trump Wins Democrat Debates, Bloomberg Turns in Deer-in-the-Headlights Performance
When the former Republican Mike Bloomberg bought his way into the Wednesday night Democrat presidential debate, he was the perfect Trump-like punching bag stand-in for his bitter Democrat team mates. It was almost painful to watch.
Bloomberg’s deer-in-the-headlights performance TWICE elicited boos and groans from the audience. He wilted against criticism with weak, wooden responses to direct challenges to his New York stop-and-frisk policies and shocking racist remarks, “I’ve apologized. I’ve asked for forgiveness.”
No forgiveness was forthcoming. Being a multi-billionaire was what bought his late entry to the podium. The Democratic National Committee canceled their rule about multi-sourced contributions and, instead, accepted a $300,000 contribution from Bloomberg’s coffers.
Meanwhile, Mike spent hundreds of millions on slick TV ads, which bought him the minimal poll numbers to stand next to Elizabeth Warren.
Perhaps the line of the night and an early crippling blow was the clock-cleaning observation of Elizabeth Warren, who hung Mike’s scalp from her political teepee. She alluded to a billionaire candidate “who calls women fat broads and horsed-faced lesbians.”
Then she delivered her coup de grâce with the blistering coda, “No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”
The next crippling blow was the direct challenge when Warren demanded Bloomberg release former women employees from their non-disclosure agreements with him to tell their sides of the story. No, he murmured, mumbled, and stumbled. Those agreements were entered into willingly, he argued. He never did anything wrong “other than maybe they didn’t like a joke I told.” (The audience wasn’t laughing here.)
The real Donald Trump, on the other hand, won again. The contrasting positivity of Trump supporters at his Phoenix rally was striking. The President’s supporters carried in a World War II veteran to the delight of a cheering, enthusiastic crowd, and President Trump was the happy warrior swatting away Democrat hopes.
Just hours after Bloomberg’s pathetic performance, President Trump tweeted, “Mini Mike Bloomberg’s debate performance tonight was perhaps the worst in the history of debates, and there have been some really bad ones. He was stumbling, bumbling and grossly incompetent. If this doesn’t knock him out of the race, nothing will. Not so easy to do what I did!”
While Bloomberg’s campaign took a grievous, perhaps fatal hit during his premier debate performance, Crazy Bernie Sanders continued his unabated hair-on-fire performance. His refusal to call out or rebuke Elizabeth Warren kept him out of important conversations. He just kept insisting he wasn’t a communist every time moderators gave him the floor. When Mayor Bloomberg characterized Bernie’s goals as just like Communism, Bernie called the allusion a “low blow.”
Meanwhile, Joe Biden turned in a pedestrian performance and didn’t lay a glove on anyone. The other candidates, apparently realizing that Joe’s poll numbers were tanking, left him alone. Biden did point out to everyone that he was the only one there with actual experience in the Washington, DC swamp–and could the moderators please ask him more questions.
So, what’s next? If Biden doesn’t win the South Carolina primary, he’s finished. Similar fate for Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar. A Sanders win in a southern state could catapult him to a delegate plurality in the national convention. If that happens, Democrats will be faced with the tough choice of either running an unpopular socialist or once again changing the rules to deny Sanders the nomination.
Do the former and the Democrats will lose. Change the rules and watch the Democrats come apart at the seams.
In either event, President Trump will win—again.