If you missed Friday night’s latest offering from the DNC, consider yourself lucky. You dodged a bullet. A Matrix-style, five-hour long super slow-motion bullet at that.
The clown show cavalcade continued in front of an audience that could best be described as mild. They half-heartedly cheered when the candidates took the stage or said something negative about Donald Trump, but otherwise remained particularly quiet. Perhaps they were hopeful for some sort of an answer that would lead their party in a positive step forward after such a disastrous week.
They’d find no such solace at this event. The closest they’d come is when Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden shared an awkward hug and mugged for the crowd, garnering a small pop of their adoration and appreciation.
So, what did we learn? Not much, to be sure. The seven candidates spent most of their time passive-aggressively agreeing with each other on their proposed unconstitutional policies before quibbling about how to get from here to there, how much it will cost to unravel America, where to get the funding, and how those changes will be structured.
So even without knowing who will be the face the party puts forward, we already know the blue print for that candidate’s agenda.
Candidate Tom Steyer, while doing very little to improve his own bid for the nomination, made perhaps the best point of the night when he said that President Trump’s path to victory is simple. He needs only to bring up the economy. Then Democrats will have to face “a real threat of Donald Trump being re-elected.”
How did the other candidates respond to this? They chose not to. Instead, they merely became snarky about where each other’s funding sources were coming from before plugging their campaign websites to beg the general public for more of their sweet, sweet money.
Bernie touted the fact that when you divide the amount donated to his campaign by the number of donors, you get an average donation size of $15. This, he boasted, before cutting down Mayor Pete Buttigieg for having several billionaire donors in his camp. Perhaps Sanders was just trying to distance himself from his political rival as both candidates claimed victory in Iowa this past week.
On the issue of campaign funding, everyone was also quick to go after candidate Mike Bloomberg and his billionaire backers in what came across to this viewer as sour grapes. Bloomberg, for his part, did nothing to defend himself or counterattack any of the other candidates. You see, Bloomberg was one of the only Democratic candidates still in the race buying vast amounts of ad space across American television not to be invited to the debate stage.
He seems to be content with allowing his own ads and the chaotic, self-destructive state of the Democratic party, as evidenced by the failed impeachment trial, the debacle at the Iowa caucus, and the beyond rude actions of the Speaker for the House at the end of the State of the Union Address speak for themselves.
In this way, and perhaps in only this way, Bloomberg is smart. It would appear the only way to avoid being tainted by the negative vortex of the Democratic party’s current trajectory is simply not showing up.