Fear and Loathing: The Tenth Debate / 2 A.M. Thoughts

Stuck In The Middle With You, by Stealers Wheel

Usually I find these things to be, if not informative, then at least excellent entertainment.  This was not.  This was pro wrestling gone horribly off-script.

As I watched, gorge rising, I could not help but think to myself:  Where is Jed Bartlet to save us from these… these mediocrities?!  Of them all, only Sanders and Warren show any force of character, and that’s hectoring vs. self-righteous lecturing — not at all the way to inspire us.  Buttigieg came off as smug and negative; Klobuchar was above it all but ineffective; Biden… This is not a venue suitable to the dignity of such a man as he once was.  Friendly hands should come in and lead him gently off the stage; he’s earned a quiet retirement, not public wrestling in the mud.

The only one on stage who’s his own man and shows it is Tom Steyer, a whale among sharks and hemorrhaging badly.  (Bloomberg answers to himself, but I’m still not sure he can pass as human.)  Everyone’s taking turns to smear everyone else, and to hell with November.  If I were armed, I’d need a new television tomorrow.

I ask you:  Is this truly the best the Democratic Party has to offer?  Is this their idea of statesmanship?  And where — tell me, please; for the love of God and all that’s holy, where is the oratory?!  The American people are hoping to get inspired; they’re eager for a champion to lead the Forces of Good against the Great Evil Tyrant (or, conversely, a worthy foe that Trump can battle without demeaning himself — depending on whether you’re red or blue).  Instead, we’ve got this pack of bickering twits.

I’m not going to dwell on the pitiful sniping and the sad groundless attacks; the less said the better.  The moderators were anything but; the audience was out of control; even the producing was off.  There were precious few bright moments, and the only winner tonight was Donald Trump.

With the possible exception of Vermin Supreme.

If we spend the next four months tearing our party apart, we’re going to watch Donald Trump spend the next four years tearing our country apart.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

It’s just past two in the morning.  I was fortuitously awakened from a horrible nightmare:  Everyone was endorsing Buttigieg and it was coming to be my turn.  I did my best to fend them off with speechifying and clever words as I backed toward the window, but alas:  it was barred.  And they all kept coming toward me, advancing with that same identical grin on their faces…

So now I’m awake, and in a cold sweat.  Before I head off to the showers, I’ll leave you with one more musing:

It’s perhaps a mark of my despair, but the older I get, the more inclined I am toward tyranny interrupted by periodic revolutions.  At least that way I can be assured that some of the worst b—–s lose their heads at decent intervals.

2 A.M. thoughts.

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