WASHINGTON, October 13, 2015 – What do you get when you mix a failed ex-governor, an FBI investigation, a socialist, a former senator and a guy no one has ever heard of together?
You get the 2016 Democratic presidential field.
So much for the Democrats being the more diverse party…
Four old white guys and a woman who has been in Washington for 20 years.
By every measure, this field is an unmitigated disaster, and while I have written about this fact before, on the day of their first actual debate, it is important to prepare the viewers for what they are about to witness as I would hate to hear reports Wednesday morning of people across the country bashing their heads into television sets or leaping off their balconies.
With that in mind, I will accept the Paul Reverian task of warning the public about the incoming mental invasion that is the first Democratic debate.
When you are watching the debate on Tuesday night, it isn’t going to make a lot of sense. This will be especially true if you watched the Republican debate and have gotten accustomed to the idea that a lot of people want to be president and only highly qualified successful candidates can enter the race.
On the Democratic side, that isn’t even remotely the case.
Thanks to two crushing midterm defeats suffered by the Democrats as a result of the Obama presidency, there is not one single sitting mayor, governor or senator running for the Democratic nomination.
There are also only five candidates. Five people in the entire country that want to follow in the footsteps of President Obama.
Of those five candidates, it can be argued that not a single one of them is fit to be president.
Hillary Clinton is the most viable of the bunch but brings with her an almost incomprehensible amount of baggage and is currently being investigated by the FBI for playing fast and loose with national security secrets.
Her closest rival, Bernie Sanders, has no business running for president in any way shape or form.
Martin O’Malley was the mayor of Baltimore before he was the governor of Maryland. It didn’t go very well, at either job. That’s probably why his handpicked successor lost the election to replace him.
Jim Webb is the only candidate on the stage who seems like a genuine guy, but that’s where his appeal ends.
Lincoln Chafee, well, he’s Lincoln Chafee.
The field is bad. Really bad. Bad to the point where the chair of the DNC is doing everything she can to limit the amount of exposure this group gets. But the debate isn’t going to just be boring. It’s going to be painfully illogical.
The Democrats don’t have any new ideas other than continuing what President Obama has done, which has resulted in anemic economic growth, the lowest labor participation rate in 40 years, enormous racial tension, more debt than any other president combined and on and on.
So instead of new suggestions, you are going to hear “solutions” that have been proven unsuccessful time and time again.
Bernie is going to mention several issues that less than 1 percent of Americans care about like Citizens United and making college free on the backs of the taxpayers. He is also going to cite incorrect statistics while rambling on and on about “taxing the rich” and “closing the wealth gap” despite the fact that taxing the rich at a whopping 100 percent wouldn’t even make a dent in the deficit and the wealth gap in this country is nothing new.
Hillary is going to be all over the place. Her campaign numbers are plummeting, and this debate will showcase her two biggest weaknesses, public speaking and answering direct questions. Knowing this, she will try to copy everything Bernie Sanders says and in some cases will even try to move to the left of him, which would basically make her Che Guevara in a pant suit.
Martin O’Malley will do his best to pretend he is an outsider, but ultimately his resume boils down to Baltimore, Maryland and I think you know how they are doing over there.
At the end of this debate, you will realize that not a single one of these candidates is different from President Obama and if they are, it is only because they want to take what he has done and expand on that.
Clearly, that is not what the American people are looking for.
The Democrats have allowed the radical left to take over their party, and that is evident by the fact that they were absolutely obliterated in the last midterm election, the shocking reality that infanticide isn’t enough to make them even reconsider federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and the total lack of effort to even talk about the massive financial crisis our country is facing.
Say what you want about Republicans, they are at least proposing we do something different than what we have been doing the past seven years and in almost every single area, change is what we need.
I thought about putting together a drinking game like the ones that liberals often put together to mock GOP candidates. It would have had instructions to take a shot every time the Democrats shouted one of their nonsensical claims like “Republicans are racist,” “pay their fair share” or some lie about how the Planned Parenthood videos never actually happened, but then I realized I didn’t want to live the rest of my life knowing that I had sent millions of people to an early grave by way of alcohol poisoning so I decided to simply urge potential viewers not to watch.
And if you do watch, you can’t say I didn’t warn you.