Today’s Campaign Update (Because the Campaign Never Ends)
The old geezers get to sit now. – Catering to every whim of their chosen candidate, the DNC and CNN announced on Sunday that tired, obviously declining Quid Pro Joe Biden will get his wish for the next Democrat debate later this week. He and his fellow, much healthier septuagenarian, Bernie Sanders, will be seated at a table with the moderators.
The debate, which oddly takes place on Sunday night, will present a radically changed format from previous debates at which all the candidates stood at podiums for two hours. For the remaining “hey you kids, get off my lawn!” brigade of candidates, doing that became a test of endurance that Sanders was perfectly willing to continue but Biden was obviously anxious to end.
From a report by Politico on the matter:
Bernie Sanders wants to stand up at the next debate — and his campaign is accusing Joe Biden of wanting to sit down.
After a private call Friday with CNN, which is moderating the March 15 debate with the Democratic National Committee, Sanders’ team balked at a new proposed format for debate, saying it gives his opponent Biden too much of a break in their first one-on-one face-off. Biden’s camp denied that it was pressing for a sit-down debate.
“Why does Joe Biden not want to stand toe-to-toe with Sen. Sanders on the debate stage March 15 and have an opportunity to defend his record and articulate his vision for the future?” asked Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ senior adviser.
Biden’s campaign and the DNC said the format for the debate was decided by the party and CNN. The news network declined to comment and referred questions to the DNC.
“We will participate in whatever debate CNN chooses to stage: standing, sitting, at podiums, or in a town hall,” Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said. “The problem for the Sanders campaign is not the staging of the debate, but rather, the weakness of Sen. Sanders’ record and ideas.”
There’s no secret what’s happening here: The standing format had Biden visibly tiring towards the end of the last debate. During the last 40 minutes or so, he repeatedly lashed out at the moderators and fellow candidates, and struggled to form sentences. There is a reason why his standard campaign stump speech, during which he roams around a stage before a tiny audience, lasts no more than 15 minutes.
Also catering to Biden’s needs, the setting will be similar to one of his campaign events, with a stage surrounded by a Biden-like small audience. Even better for Biden, the format will include questions from the attendees, which in Democrat debates tend to consist mainly of sophomoric iterations of “how much of other people’s money are you planning to give to me and my family after you’re elected?” or “how many trillions of our grandchildren’s dollars are you willing to throw away on AOC’s climate change pipe dreams?”
Including audience questions helps to break up the normal flow of a debate, and allows Biden to avoid a lot of head-to-head exchanges of ideas with The Commie and just talk about all the mythical things he did during the “Obiden/Bama” administration, as he called it on Saturday.
Changing the qualification rules in order to exclude Tulsi Gabbard – the only remaining woman/minority candidate in the race – from this debate also works in Biden’s favor. Gabbard is no friend of the Party’s ruling class, and already effectively killed the candidacy of Kamala Harris in a debate last fall. Eliminating her helps to clear the minefield for Creepy Uncle Joe.
Thus, we see the DNC and its toadies at CNN taking no chances with their plan to literally carry the nation’s Unfrozen Caveman Senator across the finish line to the party’s nomination. With primaries in the delegate-rich states of Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Arizona taking place just two days later, a big Biden breakdown on-stage in this debate could shift the race right back in The Commie’s favor. Having Quid Pro Joe comfortably seated at a table significantly reduces the prospects for disaster.
With polling data now trending strongly in his favor, Biden now has a clearly achievable path to being able to win the nomination on the first ballot in Milwaukee. Somewhere, President Donald Trump is celebrating.
That is all.
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