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Assault on America, Day 420: Did Democrats trigger a civil war in South Carolina again?

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How important are African-American voters to today’s Democrat party candidates? Tuesday night provided the answer.

Granted there are a lot of them, but if you’ve ever wondered how dependent Democrats are on any one of their party’s main constituencies – limousine liberals, academics, black voters, Hispanics, (insert ethnic minority here) voters, union members, young voters, lefty climate fanatics, outspoken LGBTQ anti-traditional culture types, illegal aliens, immovable abortion-on-demand advocates, single issue feminists, socialists, communists, anarchists, Antifa devotees etc. -- the dilemma was solved on Tuesday night in Charleston, South Carolina.

Whereas last week’s ninth Democrat debate (in Las Vegas) was seemingly all about the longtime candidates bludgeoning newcomer Michael Bloomberg and his money to death, their tenth try at explaining their pitches to the national audience ended up being a pander-fest to South Carolina’s black voters, which statistics show make up about half of the Democrat tally in this redder than red southern state.

Sure, the participants (Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Bloomberg and Howdy-Doody climate nut Tom Steyer) ran through their regular allotment of sucking up to the ill-informed and goody-hungry Democrat base, but this time special consideration was given to dark skinned people with African ancestry.

All of this despite the fact the remaining candidates are all of European blood lineage. The shame of it! How can they possibly hope to govern? What would Kamala Harris say now?

It’s getting really hard for Democrats to continue claiming they’re the party of suppressed ethnic minorities and the working man when their debates feature seven pasty white mostly ancient doofus politicians (doesn’t Mayor Pete just remind you of an arrogant frat boy you once knew, complete with discernible five o’clock shadow?) including a couple pontificating billionaires who portend to champion government-centered pet causes to improve the lives of the poor.

“You didn’t build it,” Barack Obama famously said about the entrepreneurial class, but maybe he was really referring to wealthy liberal billionaires who’ve worked with lobbyists over the years to fix federal rules in their favor. Big business always partners with big government and the regulatory state -- and the losers are everyone who’s not in on the fix.

While it’s true Republicans nominated and then elected a billionaire in 2016, the party was much more “diverse” than this year’s iteration of Democrats. The last semi-viable minority Democrat candidate, Andrew Yang, dropped out a couple weeks ago. Therefore the only Democrats still climbing up on their soapboxes to grandstand and call the commander in chief a racist are the ones party voters didn’t eliminate – and there isn’t a smidgen of pigment among them.

Isn’t there something wrong with this picture (and no, don’t adjust the color)? Republicans nearly nominated a Hispanic gentleman four years ago – Ted Cruz. Back then Democrats derided Cruz as being something less than a true minority despite his father’s immigrant heritage (Rafael Cruz left Cuba as a relatively young man). Wouldn’t Bernie Sanders enjoy hearing Cruz’s father’s take on the greatness of Fidel Castro? Probably not. One of them thinks Castro did good things for his people, the other… doesn’t. Don’t rack your brain figuring which one is which.

The pundit narrative in the lead-up to the evening was the Castro-loving Sanders has opened up a huge national lead after the first three voting states (Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada), therefore firmly planting his Green Mountain State feet in the frontrunner’s lane. As would be expected, all the candidates appeared fully aware of the desperation of their cause and took turns directing fire at Sanders. If they were to continue on, Bernie needs to be slowed, if not stopped.

So how to do it – meaning, how to kiss up to black Democrats and then still try to get Sanders’ supporters to abandon him? I’m not sure what the answer is, but Tuesday night’s debate discussion sounded a lot like all the other ones, with the candidates painting an overly gloomy portrait of the way things are in America today and individually offering themselves as the only one capable of solving the world’s multitude of problems.

The world is in awful sorry shape if only Tom Steyer can save it. Better say your prayers, people!

Just like last week, Mayor Pete Buttigieg went on and on about the need for “leadership,” yet he’s just turned 38 years-old and the only political leading he’s ever done is to preside over a city of a hundred thousand-plus people. Does anyone buy his pitch, or are his supporters merely seeing him as the best non-Bernie alternative?

The program was co-hosted by the always liberal CBS News anchors and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute so from the outset everyone knew there’d be plenty of focus on race. Apparently someone at CBS had the wisdom to position Bloomberg’s lectern away from “Pocahontas” Warren’s so as to not repeat the sorry scene from Vegas last week (Mini Mike was on the far left of the stage next to Buttigieg, two mayors from slightly different sized cities). Warren was next to Pete so she had to kind of lean forward to glare at Bloomberg, who must’ve appreciated the added distance between him and the screechy woman with glasses.

“The Bern” was at center stage in between Warren and Biden. To Biden’s left was Klobuchar and Steyer. How do you like that – all the money the billionaires have given the Democrats and they’re sequestered at either end?

Though somewhat more civil than last week, everyone got subtle pokes in at Sanders, implying he’s not electable and questioning the nation’s ability to pay for his giveaway schemes. You know, that common sense budget thing. Bernie doesn’t care… he just wants votes for the revolution!

Maybe all the Sanders bashing is actually having an effect on the race as the most recent South Carolina polls show Biden re-establishing a noticeable five-point plus lead in the Real Clear Politics Average in the state (Bernie still enjoys a huge national lead though). Last week I correctly predicted that ‘ol Grampa Joe might get a bit of a bump from the debate because his candidacy seems less “scary” than the others now that Sanders is the main man.

It’s not like Joe’s become a better debater during the past few months. Hardly. If anything, he’s every bit as shaky and verbally challenged as ever with an eyes-clenched brain freeze seemingly never far away when he rambles. And whenever he talks it’s as though his mouth is overstuffed with marbles and his teeth are like white hot coals. It’s just that Bloomberg doesn’t come across very well and the leftists – Sanders and Warren – are getting the “moderates” activated into a stop-Bernie type team effort. Biden looks to be the beneficiary of the cooperation.

Have you ever noticed how the angrier Biden gets the louder he talks? And he’s constantly pointing his finger at… someone… when he’s making his arguments (actually, most of them do, as if to say “I’m serious, listen to me or I’m gonna get in your face!”). It’s as though he’s running for the title of ticked off jerk in chief. Not even Sanders is as outwardly angry as Obama’s front man. Does everyone really want to be shouted at and confronted? Where’s the optimism?

Particularly fascinating on Tuesday night was the interaction between the two Democrat billionaire candidates. Both have oversized superiority complexes, both hail from bluer than blue coastal states with safe Democrat constituencies and both seem convinced their experience leading and funding leftist causes automatically qualifies them for sainthood and worship in the secular liberal kingdom. Steyer is perhaps the Democrats’ most “out there” candidate, not bad considering his lead competitor is the guy in the center of the stage.

Steyer appears to want it both ways. Again he talked about how his path to riches grants him a keen ability to grasp problems and emphasized how “climate change” is the greatest contemporary scourge on planet earth today (Bloomberg also bows at the lefty greenie altar but he’s not as over-the-top about it as Steyer is, who clearly intends to out-scare Sanders and everyone else that we’re all going to die without his power to save us from ourselves).

Steyer acts like he’s fulfilling a listing on his bucket-list, to run for president. His time is almost at an end. Tuesday night was probably his last hurrah.

Of course Tom threw in the obligatory demand for slavery reparations for African-Americans, another overt pander to South Carolina’s influential black population. Whenever Steyer stares directly into the camera and blubbers about such things, one wonders why he hasn’t cut the first “reparations” check to lead by example. Who would receive it? What about all the black Americans who don’t descend from slaves? Or those of mixed race? If a person is only partly of African descent, do they receive only part of a check?

In contrast, Bloomberg isn’t vying for the Sanders wacko vote. Mini Mike wants the establishment crown and is being held back by everyone but Sanders… and maybe Warren.

All along, Bloomberg’s strategy was simple. Dump hundreds of millions (just a drop in the bucket of his vast fortune) into TV ads, survive the debates (if indeed he was ever invited to them) and hedge all his bets on Super Tuesday making him viable. If not, he could simply fold up his tent and head back to New York to comfortably live out his days knowing he gave it a shot and it didn’t work.

And the beauty of it is we’ll know in a few days whether his strategy worked. If Sanders does as well as it looks he’ll do on Super Tuesday, Bloomberg won’t need to waste any more money on ads because he won’t be around as a candidate any longer. No spending time on the campaign trail in the early states, no one-to-one canvassing in lonely diners in the middle of Iowa or New Hampshire. “Mini Mike” just sat back and watched the others rip into each other and chuckle with glee as Biden committed gaffe number ten thousand and one, the last being one too many.

Will this really go all the way to the party convention this summer? Will Biden reemerge in South Carolina, the 2020 version of the “comeback kid”?

Who won in South Carolina? I take exception to the designation of “winners and losers” in debates because it usually doesn’t have anything related to content or political proposals. To the pundit class it’s typically all about who was able to “land” the most punches or verbal jabs on a particular opponent. For example, last week, many observers credited “Pocahontas” Warren with “winning” the evening because she stood next to Bloomberg and verbally lambasted the man as though he was the worst thing since… Trump.

Being mean and nasty is something Warren excels at – it comes naturally to her. It doesn’t mean people should gush over her doing something – being rude – that’s as innate as blowing her nose. Not to rehash the past, but “Pocahontas” was playing the female victim card as she’s done from the beginning of her campaign. Just because she had some fresh fodder (the guy standing next to her) doesn’t mean her whining and griping was any more effective than before.

If only the content of their arguments meant anything, Bloomberg had one of the strongest debates in Vegas and repeated it in South Carolina on Tuesday. He defended capitalism and truthfully explained that although he’s made a lot of money in his life, his companies have employed thousands of women and they’ve consistently served in leadership positions (just as women have fared well in Trump’s companies). “Mini Mike” indicated he wasn’t about to turn over the reins of government to a socialist, which to me made him the most appealing of the candidates on stage. Such was the case again on Tuesday night.

Bloomberg also stood up for charter schools, which didn’t make friends among the teachers unions.

But Warren captured the prize last week because of Bloomberg’s eye rolls, arrogance and inability to adequately explain away his non-disclosure agreements (which he just as easily could’ve said, “none of your business” and who the h—l are you to question my company’s practices?). Does it mean she “won” the debate? Apparently Nevada’s voters didn’t think so. Bloomberg wasn’t on the ballot and she came in a distant fourth with about ten percent of the support.

Commentators after the South Carolina forum suggested Biden came out strong, but they were probably rooting for him in the first place – and it was like a home game to him, feeling comfortable among black liberal supporters who seem only to care about beating Trump. Biden was just as full of it as he always is… but Democrats like the hyperbole.

South Carolinians vote on Saturday and then on Super Tuesday, March 3, 1,617 total delegates will be awarded in 14 state primaries. Democrat voters will determine the winners and losers of party debates, and if the past is any indication, Bernie Sanders offers the most of what they like to see. Is America watching?

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