Last night, THE NEW YORK TIMES and CNN hosted the latest Democratic Party presidential debate. It was not a pretty sight.
Ugliest of all? War Hawk Joe Biden screaming at Elizabeth Warren.
Please note, you have never seen anything like that before in a debate of would-be presidential candidates or in a presidential debate. This was not just loud, this was bullying, this was let me try obliterate you.
It was conduct unbecoming.
Joe made very clear how he actually feels about women.
And everyone should be objecting to his behavior. It was outrageous.
And they should be noting that it was not even his time to talk.
As usual, Joe treated the debate as though it was THE JOE BIDEN SHOW and everyone else was a supporting player. He interrupted repeatedly.
When he started raging at Elizabeth Warren, it wasn't his turn to speak. That didn't stop him.
It was outrageous and you were left with the feeling that, if cameras hadn't been present, you would be witnessing a domestic violence incident.
There is no excuse for his behavior. It was insulting and it was outrageous.
It is time for Joe to go. That was abuse, right there on the stage. His actions should not be defended. He has no control over himself.
Some people have spent the last years worrying about Donald Trump having the nuclear codes. Now someone wants to give them to rageaholic Joe Biden?
Joe needs to go. He has yet again demonstrated that he is not fit for the presidency. He did so by attempting to bully and terrorize a woman on stage. That Elizabeth Warren kept her cool is a testament to her strength and argues that she would handle an attack on stage from Donald Trump quite well.
As Ava and I noted last night "TV: Let's kill Elizabeth!" was the theme of the debate.
Let's move over to Kamala Harris who begged America to indulge her yet again as she went off on a tangent about something trivial and unimportant. Acting like the always injured Ellen on thirty-something, convinced Hope had somehow again sleighted her, Kamala wanted to make it not about America but all about her hurt feelings.
The most important issue -- and she went after Elizabeth for this -- how could Elizabeth not support Kamala's plan to get Donald Trump removed from Twitter?
Doesn't Eliabeth know that war, poverty, starvation, all of it is a distant second to getting Donald Trump off Twitter!
Until last night, Maya Rudolph did the best parody of Kamala. After last night, no one mocks Kamala more than Kamala herself.
As for the Twitter issue, it's political speech and it's Constitutionally protected. Kamala really doesn't know the law which is rather surprising since she was Attorney General for the state of California. But then, as many have noted (even Tulsi to her face at the July debate), Kamala's AG record is one of hiding evidence and wrongful convictions.
Kamala can't compete with Donald -- or doesn't think she can -- so she wants to silence him.
Now I would love to get a through a day where whatever idiotic thing Donald Tweeted didn't consumer hours of 'news' (while real issues were ignored) but his Twitter feed is a good thing. It will give historians a wealth of information that no other president has provided. It makes clear what he thinks and that's a good thing -- know your enemy. And, again, it's political speech. He is the President of the United States, whether you like it or not.
Kamala has wasted everyone's time yet again. She's a joke at this debate, she was a joke at the last one and the one before.
Fat Amy wanted to attack Elizabeth repeatedly as well. Amy Kobuchar, the candidate no one wanted, is convinced that she's enough of a sell out to woo those corporatist donors and supporters that are worried Joe is imploding. So she used last night to go after Elizabeth over and over. Fat Amy wants you to know that, when not grazing, she can defeat Trump because, well, Minnesota!
She is one of two US senators from Minnesota and, no offense, Amy, but Minnesota is part of the United States, it is not the United States.
Amy's image in the press has been the boss from hell. On stage at the debates, she's tried to counteract that with (bad) attempts at humor. Last night, she was joking about her daughter -- when not making a joke of herself.
Amy's been in the Senate for a long, long time and she has nothing to show for it.
Iraq came up briefly in the debate. Not in any serious way. No one wanted to note that over 100 protesters were killed by the Iraqi government this month. No one wanted to touch that. But in a superficial manner, Iraq did come up. (I'm using the WASHINGTON POST transcript.)
"Allow him to respond! Please allow him to respond!" Oh, Anderson, thinking with your cock again. We'll come back to the little rat that is Pete in just a moment. But it is so curious that Anderson rushed to defend the object of his affection but didn't do a damn thing when it was Elizabeth's turn to speak and Joe Biden wouldn't stop interrupting her to yell at her. We see where your loyalties are, Anderson. Keep pretending you're objective -- maybe you'll convince yourself but no one else will buy it.
Also note that, NYT's Marc Lacey, looking like Peter Lorre, insisted at the top of the debate, "Please refrain from interrupting your fellow candidates, as that will count against your time."
When, Lacey, when is that ever going to happen?
Joe interrupted everyone -- as usual. When did he lose any time for that?
Stop announcing these rules if you don't enforce them.
Back to the cheese eater, now US troops are upset?
Who died and said a little person could speak for all US troops? That's the first question. Second, we know you're young and immature but do you not remember Abu Ghraib.
Donald Trump is such an offense to you, Petey, but in the real world, the US government -- even under Saint Barack -- has done many things that have outraged. Just because you choose to ignore it does not make it go away.
We'll pick up on the debate again tomorrow.
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