Pre-debate, both Bernie and Joe hinted they were going to use this platform to bring the party together to beat President Perfect. And when Jake Tapper devoted the first 38 minutes of the debate to the coronavirus, it seemed that would be a slam dunk. But after some niceties between the two candidates and a few zingers aimed at Trump, they devolved into the same ole, same ole – like voting records from 20 to 30 years ago. Fellas, we’re trying to find a store that has toilet paper, so we really don’t give a shit about why you voted for the Iraq war or why you voted against the Brady Bill.
Maybe it was the one-on-one format or the absence of a peanut gallery, but Joe Biden finally had a strong night. He was in command of the facts and his mouth. It didn’t hurt that just days earlier he gave an address on how he would handle the coronavirus. He rightly called out Trump for refusing to accept the test kits from the World Health Organization, which caused an unforgivable delay in getting Americans tested. Joe insisted every single resident in our nursing homes should be tested. And as the daughter of one such resident, I literally stood up and cheered.
Biden probably touted his past experience combating the Ebola epidemic and the N1H1 pandemic a little too much. He even got Bernie referring to the coronavirus as Ebola later in the night. Joe called for a bailout package to stimulate the economy and threw in a familiar phrase that “people are looking for results, not a revolution.” Before the virus, I wasn’t so sure about that. But now I think he might be on to something.
And Joe may have clinched the deal for many of us when he committed to nominating a black woman to the Supreme Court and vowed he’d choose a woman for his vice president.
When Bernie was asked if he’d name a woman to his ticket he hesitated just a bit. He said he’d most likely select a woman as his veep, but only a progressive woman. I felt like he was hinting at AOC. OMG I hope not. Republicans would have a field day with the socialist and the squad.
Sanders’ line of the night was when he was asked what President Trump could do to help the nation deal with the coronavirus, Bernie said, “The first thing he needs to do is shut up. Trump just keeps blathering.”
But then Bernie turned on Joe, calling him out for his super Pacs, claiming the health care industry is funding Biden’s campaign and reminding us Joe stated on the Senate floor that Social Security and Medicare cuts were on the table when it came to bringing down the deficit. Joe denied it, but it’s on tape. And Bernie recommended America “go to the YouTube.”
Univision’s Ilia Calderón gave Bernie one more chance to correct his Castro boner with Florida voters before Tuesday’s primary. Sanders not only didn’t take it back, he raised the stakes and gave a shout out to communist China for improving their poverty levels. Oy vey, Bernard.
I was thinking before the debate the coronavirus might play right into Bernie’s Medicare For All mantra and the timing would give Sanders a leg up. But you gotta hand it to Joe Biden for pointing out that Italy provides universal coverage to its citizens and it didn’t help that country’s horrific spread of the virus. I looked it up and Italy does offer public healthcare, largely free of charge. And yet that country ranks second, only to China, for the number of coronavirus cases. Look, there is an iron-clad case for universal health care in this country. And I believe it would help calm the fears of the uninsured. But obviously, no health care system in the world can stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
In my opinion the night went to Joe. But neither one of them did us any favors by sniping at each other. I’m sure the Russians have plenty of clips to incite the Trumpsters and juice up the Bernie Bros on Facebook.
It’s up to all of us to show up. Bernie or Joe, it doesn’t really matter. Hopefully social distancing will be a thing of the past by November 3rd. We need to come together. We must pry this country’s soul and reputation from that self-absorbed, pathological, vile, vulgar, heartless, criminal masquerading as our President.
Are you with me?