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Debate Antics Ahead: Look for the Democratic Presidential Herd to Showcase Party's Sharp-Left Turn

June 26, 2019 - 7:15am
Jay Inslee, self-anointed  "climate champion," mugs it up during an Everglades tour
Jay Inslee, self-anointed "climate champion," mugs it up during an Everglades tour

Excitement reigns in Democratic ranks as a whole rodeo of presidential candidates is prepping at this moment to step onto the debate stage Wednesday or Thursday evening at Miami Beach's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

This is a two-night event to accommodate 20 announced candidates. Maybe more.

The debate's organization, however, may not equal the enthusiasm. But that's understandable considering the Democratic Party is convinced defeating Donald Trump is a given. With that mindset, Dems seem less inclined to properly set up a strategy.

The conventional thought coming into 2019 was, the Democrats had the next general election wrapped up, as easy as placing a product on their Amazon wish list and having it delivered. But it's been anything but that easy. 

Despite taking over the House in D.C., there's been little in the way of success to follow. Select freshman Congress members have become a headache, the Blue Wave has curiously been met with numerous states strengthening abortion laws, and the primary election topic -- the Mueller Report -- became less explosive than a firecracker in a tropical storm.

As a result, each of the numerous candidates have become desperate to be identified in the flock; so all manner of pet policies have been forwarded, leading to the field drifting further and further left and in so doing creating fiscal chaos. Banning guns, erasing student loan debt, eradicating private insurance, eliminating the Electoral College -- these are just a sample of the attacks on liberty they are proposing in order to get name recognition. Those don't even address the passionate desire some are expressing for Socialism.

These snake oil merchants have been flooding into Miami since the weekend started, taking part in a number of community area visits encouraged to get them as much recognition (and donations) as possible. Florida being a vital swing state means ingratiating themselves while in town is key. Some of the target locales for the contenders are predictable, but not guaranteed to deliver the traction sought out in this debate window.

Beto O’Rourke is slated to make a visit to the Homestead migrant detention center, because that underscores one of the biggest issues the Democrats have on their agenda -- the immigration conflict. It was exactly one year ago when former Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Debbie Wasserman Schultz staged a “surprise” visit to the facility. (Somehow dozens of members from the media got wind of the secret.) The media narrative of abused youths quickly dissipated when they toured the facility and found dormitory housing, kids granted a week’s worth of clothes, and being fed three square meals while being taught.

Amid the wails of Democrats who proclaim that immigrant kids had been wrested from parents, 95 percent of the children in the Homestead facility arrived in this country unaccompanied, so we house and care for them before finding a home. As the hysterics from open-borders champions like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez try to liken these climate-controlled conditions to concentration camps, they ignore that the average stay for the children is less than one month before they're placed in homes.

The harshest condition found was some kids needing sweaters, because they were not accustomed to central air conditioning.

Another South Florida hotspot for the White House hopefuls will be the Everglades. With the environment being another hot-button topic for some of the names at the debate podium, the River of Grass will serve as an ideal token backdrop. One item referenced was a large wildfire that flared up early Sunday evening. This too proves to be unfertile ground for hyperbolic prolix. That fire was ignited by lightning strikes, a common component to the fire cycles that are a needed component to the replenishment rotations in the Glades' ecosystem. 

The fire cannot even be attributed to harsh conditions, as there have been steady rains in the area for more than two weeks. Assuredly, though, the dramatic vision will become illustrative of mankind provoking calamities to nature. Curious which Dem policies will curtail lightning activity in this, one of the most active regions for such in the world.

Also suggested as a place to visit was Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, now in summer hibernation and mostly empty. What benefit candidates could lend to the damage inflicted on this community is nonexistent. It would make any such stop a cynical and self-aggrandizing ploy. Rendering such a location as a political benefit is likely to strike many in the Parkland community mighty base.

The most compelling topic could be one that is most problematic for the Democrats to discuss -- the plight of Venezuela. With the heavy Hispanic population in the host city, there will be interest in how that nation is addressed, with Cuba regarded as a player. The Democratic Party in general has been critical of President Trump’s involvement, and our State Department and politicians like Sen. Marco Rubio directing activity to remove the current leadership. 

Since the Democrats have been appeasing the Socialist wing of their party, there has been criticism of the U.S. involvement, and denials of how much strife the Venezuelan citizens have been enduring as a result of the Socialist regime of Maduro. Any attempt at appeasing local citizens in light of these prior stances will be the delicate verbal dance needed to avoid political damage.

The first nationally televised Democratic Primary Debates, on back-to-back nights, each begin at 9 p.m. ET. They will air on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. They will also be live-streamed on NBCNews.com. 

Have a look at Party Central's confirmed lineup: Wednesday night will feature Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Bill deBlasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Tim Ryan and Elizabeth Warren; on Thursday night, Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kristen Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Bernie Sanders, Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang.

Five other announced candidates have not verified they will participate and so haven't been assigned a spot on the stage: Steve Bullock, Mike Gravel, Wayne Messam, Seth Moulton and Bill Weld. 

President Donald Trump may (very well) join in the debates with live tweets. Did I say MAY join in? Silly me.

Two nights of 20-plus candidates attempting to distinguish themselves without torpedoing their prospects will be an interesting spectacle.

Brad Slager, a Fort Lauderdale freelance writer, wrote this story exclusively for Sunshine State News. He writes on politics and the industry and his stories appear in such publications as RedState and The Federalist.

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"SEND IN THE CLOWNS": ("Sing it"; "Watch it"; "Laugh at it"; It's tonight's TV entertainment, courtesy of the dying Democrat Political Party,...swirling into oblivion.) [[If you can "stomach it", 'tune in' again tomorrow night for "Dems" socialist "last gasp"! ]]

Trump, November 13, 2016, on “60 Minutes” “ I would rather see it, where you went with simple votes. You know, you get 100 million votes, and somebody else gets 90 million votes, and you win. There’s a reason for doing this. Because it brings all the states into play.” In 2012, the night Romney lost, Trump tweeted. "The phoney electoral college made a laughing stock out of our nation. . . . The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy." In 1969, The U.S. House of Representatives voted for a national popular vote by a 338–70 margin. Presidential candidates who supported direct election of the President in the form of a constitutional amendment, before the National Popular Vote bill was introduced: George H.W. Bush (R-TX-1969), Bob Dole (R-KS-1969), Gerald Ford (R-MI-1969), Richard Nixon (R-CA-1969), Jimmy Carter (D-GA-1977), and Hillary Clinton (D-NY-2001). Past presidential candidates with a public record of support, before November 2016, for the National Popular Vote bill that would guarantee the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate with the most national popular votes: Bob Barr (Libertarian- GA), U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R–GA), Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), and Senator Fred Thompson (R–TN),

SURE,.. Let's leave our fate to the "moron populated" States on the East & West Coasts... THEN, we'll ALL be living "homeless on the streets & crapping in gutters",.. victims of the "new socialist, Democrat Political Party, run by obvious Fools. This Country's "Founding Fathers" had it right: ONLY "THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE" can protect us from that kind of thoughtless, political stupidity...

No, let's have the geniuses of Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas decide our fate. The 50's were a blast!

The majority of the voters of 30 states voted for President Trump. The majority of the voters of 20 states voted for Hillary. Everybody knew the rules going in. Hillary lost the election. So when you can't win, you want to change the rules. Ain't gonna happen my friend. If you want to change something, the thing to change is your desire to destroy the most successful economic system in the world, and the people who enjoy it.

You probably already live in a slum area

By way of the amount of fervent party drivel you spew (most of it based on false narratives), shows the concern you fools have for this event. What should worry you the most is every single viable candidate (even those with no chance) are demolishing the great, lying, orange manalishi in head to head match ups. All the nominee has to do is be somewhat mainstream and pursue a modest attempt at middle ground and they will smash Humpty Dumpty Trumpty...

Yeah, I remember when CNN, MSNBC, et al., said that Adolph Rodham Hitlary had a 98% likelihood of defeating Trump. That worked out well!

When you're moving left of Genghis Khan and his Deplorables, you're really not moving very far left at all!

(Democrat 2020 Platform & Goals:) -Open Borders. -Decriminalization of illegal entry into the USA. -Same sex marriages. -Sanctuary Cities. -Elimination of ICE -Disarming Americans. -Infanticide. -Voting rights for illegal aliens. -Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit) -Increase refugee's from the third world. -Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office. -Socialism. -Free Abortions for all (Taxpayer funded) -The green new deal. -End of Electoral College -Free Medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded) -Raise Minimum Wage -Have adolescents vote -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded) -Reparations for every race "harmed" by the white man. -Convicts, Terrorists voting. -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms. -Late term abortions. -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work. Sources: Straight from the Democrat's mouths.

Pretty nutty. (And, if you're going to regurgitate simple-minded partisan claptrap, you should at least try to find some better written claptrap to regurgitate.)

Why? You don't!

Debate antics? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGHlZ9deXNo

NBC is making a big mistake they should just relegate it to MSNBC. Telemundo is a different story.

The only one saying these riders on the Hate America clown car should visit Stoneman Douglas is our own anti gun zealot and Muslim Iranian Anna Eskamani.

Bad news, Harry. She was born in Orlando!

And that changes what exactly?

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