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    • Terri Connett

    • November 22, 2019 in Columnists

    A brainy night in Georgia

    Source: The Los Angeles Times

    Thoughtful ideas were flying at the fifth Democratic debate held in Atlanta. The candidates mostly retreated from their circular firing squad and aimed ire at the most corrupt president of our lifetime. It was refreshing to hear complete, intelligent sentences about relevant, important issues. A stark contrast to President DumbDumb bellowing from the White House lawn, kindergarten notes in hand.

    Joe Biden is no dummy. But he bumbled and stumbled from his opening statement to the end, when he yelled, “Get up and take it back” to a roomful of crickets. But that wasn’t the worst of it. Joe got the dreaded #MeToo question and weirdly said, “No man should raise a hand to a woman in anger, unless in self-defense, which rarely occurs.” Huh? He then gave us a violent visual by repeating three times we have to “keep punching at it” to end it. Biden inexplicably forgot about the second black woman elected to the Senate, standing on stage just to the left of him.

    Speaking of Kamala Harris, she had a good night. She seemed more genuine when talking about women’s rights, particularly black women. Kamala went after Tulsi Gabbard for “buddying up” to Steve Bannon. And her line of the night with regard to foreign policy was, “Donald Trump got punked.”

    Tulsi, in her Saturday Night Fever pantsuit, is just plain weird. She went after the Democratic Party, her party, with a vengeance. She strangely attached herself to Martin Luther King because he once went to Hawaii. Miss Aloha pounced all over Pete Buttigieg, claiming he said he’d send American troops to fight drug cartels in Mexico and telling him he lacks the courage to meet with our adversaries, like Bashar al-Assad.

    Young Mayor Pete stood up like a man to Tulsi and showed us all what Pissed Pete looks like. He pushed back hard on her accusations and questioned her judgement. He honestly answered Kamala’s concerns about him connecting to the black community, in part by comparing the discrimination he feels as a gay man in America.

    Bernie Sanders amuses me; from stating Congress can walk and chew “bubblegum” at the same time, to repeating “I wrote the damn bill,” to being okay with Americans throwing it back to Trump with the “lock him up” chant. I loved it when MSNBC went to their final commercial break and you could see Bernie make a beeline off the stage. I imagine to take a pish.

    Elizabeth Warren stays on message and is probably the most authentic person running. She is so smart about everything. But I’m starting to get nervous over all the flap about her “radical leftyism.” It is uncanny, however, how much she sounds like Kate McKinnon.

    Andrew Yang is growing on me. He won’t be president, but I like the guy. It was sweet when he reminded us that Tom Steyer spent a lot of his billions combatting climate change.

    Tom Steyer creeps me out when he looks directly into the camera, instead of at the questioner, during the debates.

    Amy Klobuchar said, “I don’t have to be the tallest or skinniest on this stage to be President.” Okay, nobody is judging you on that kind of stuff. But as long as you brought it up, may I suggest a new hairdo? I’ve been hesitant to mention this, but you seem to have the shakes. If it’s because you’re nervous, you’re disqualified. If you have a medical condition, please forget I said anything. Either way, ditch the bouncy bangs and it might not be so noticeable.

    Cory Booker had the best close of the night when he talked about uniting the country and gave a shout out to Congressman John Lewis. He slammed Joe Biden for wanting to do more research before legalizing marijuana, musing that Joe must have been high at the time. But Cory spoke the truth when he said that it’s more a black vs. white issue. Booker announced to the world he’s been a black voter since he was 18. In other words, hey black voters, where you at?

      • Maya Stiles Parsons Spier

      • November 24, 2019 at 12:34 am
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      My ADHD makes watching the debates torture but that’s okay. I have you. <3

        • Terri Connett

        • November 24, 2019 at 2:59 pm
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        I’m always here for you, my dear!

      • Lynne VanHusan

      • November 24, 2019 at 7:42 pm
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      Great article. I love the title.

        • Terri Connett

        • November 25, 2019 at 9:52 am
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        Thanks so much, Lynne!

    • It is really interesting getting commentary on the build up to the US election, here, downunder

        • Terri Connett

        • November 29, 2019 at 5:31 am
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        Well mine is more “color commentary.” I try to avoid the hard stuff. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Jane!

      • Joanne Kauffman

      • November 28, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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      Always love your work, Terri. Your voice is so necessary and welcome!!

        • Terri Connett

        • November 29, 2019 at 5:32 am
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        SO nice of you to say, Joanne! You know how much that means coming from my writing mentor. πŸ™‚

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