June 28, 2019

The Democratic Debate Debacle: Part II, Darkness Falls

Dana Mathewson

Disclaimer: I did not watch either of the Left's Komedy Klub presentations. At my age, my doctor urges me to keep my stress levels at a minimum, and I'm happy to comply. She also highly recommends that I refrain from the kind of drinking games presented by such excellent writers as PJMedia's self-styled Vodkapundit, Stephen Green, and Power Line's Steven Hayward -- though I did have a glass of bourbon handy while trying to keep up with the former's "drunkblogging" of the first night's show.

Anyhow, Townhall's Paul Curry provides an excellent overall take on both nights, and tells me -- and anyone reading this who likewise didn't watch -- what we need to know about how far the erstwhile Party of Roosevelt and Kennedy has fallen.

In 1977 "Star Wars" took Hollywood and the world by storm. A new genre was not only introduced, but perfected. People were justifiably certain that no film, let alone a sequel, could actually compare. Then came "The Empire Strikes Back." Darker, more nuanced, and by many accounts, superior. When would we ever witness such a sea change again? Well, on June 27th, 2019 that question was answered.

On Wednesday night, when the closing bell rang on the first Democratic presidential debate, many were justifiably certain that we had seen the pinnacle of progressive hysteria. But where Wednesday seemed like a cast of not ready for primetime players, screaming for socialism, open borders, and identity politics, Thursday night’s cast were the angry, grizzled, and pugnacious players in the race to the left. Not only more hysterical than their preceding contenders but mean spirited and ready to do anything to win. Well, at least the ones that seemed to know why they were there. (Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang, you know this is for the presidency, right?)

The second greatest mistake one can make in a political campaign is to allow an opponent to define you in negative terms. The greatest sin is to define yourself in those terms. And that is just what the contenders did Thursday night.

Much like Wednesday night’s debacle of Democrat discourse, the candidates screamed for socialism over a strong economy. They assailed the evil 1 percent. They assured the American people, 71 percent of whom feel we have a pretty good thing going, that they were wrong. Like a bad therapist telling a patient, "You’re only happy because you think you're happy.” Fortune cookies dispense greater wisdom.

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But there was a much darker tone to Thursday’s debacle. The Democrats showed not only how extreme they have become but how low they are willing to sink, not as politicians, but as people in general, to achieve their leftist aims. And they defined themselves in the process.

There are plenty of reasons to oppose Joe Biden. He is creepy, sleepy, slurry, and flips more than a 5-year-old on a trampoline. But when Kamala Harris attacked him on his non-role in segregation, she crossed a line she can never come back from. Not that she ever would.

This is the same Kamala Harris that not only fell for the Jussie Smollett hoax, but used it to stir racial division. Not to mention her close connections to both Smollett and his excuser Kim Foxx. This is the same Kamala Harris that took not only pride but center stage in the baseless and shameful attacks on Brett Kavanaugh. This is the same Kamala Harris that has a demonstrated history of using racism and victimhood, either real or perceived, as political weapons.

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Wednesday night saw the Democrats frame their case for unseating Trump based on socialism, open borders, and an America Second, Third, or Wherever philosophy. Thursday saw them etch that philosophy in stone.

They have framed their case as socialism, open borders, America last, and identity politics, and they lose on all of those issues. And rightfully so.

Donald Trump will win easily when this is the case the Democrats make. America will win when the Democrats make such ridiculous arguments. But the cost of the fight will be destructive. After all, can anyone recall the left losing anything without rioting?

On Thursday night Democrats assured a Trump re-election, which is great for the country, but darkness has fallen, and it seldom abates without a fight.

An excellent article indeed! Let us fervently hope the vast majority of the country rejects the message presented over the last two nights!

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