Axios has One Big Thing, so why can’t I? No reason at all. So here it is.
What I Was Listening For
I was listening for Biden/Buttigieg/Klobuchar/Sanders/Warren to turn toward Bloomberg, put his or her finger in his face, and say the following, in words or substance, in a very manful (or womanful, as the case may be) tone of voice:
“Now, Mike, so far in this campaign you have spent tens of millions of dollars in advertising, trying to get the American people to believe [Proposition A] and [Proposition B] [about your record, your experience, your policies, i.e., about something of actual relevance to the campaign].
“And, Mike, you know what, [Proposition A] is a bald-faced lie and the truth is not in it. [Insert one-sentence elaboration on the falsity of Proposition A].
“And what about [Proposition B]? Well, Mike, [Proposition B] is the truth in the narrow and literal sense. But you are so selective and parsimonious with the facts that [Proposition B] is grossly misleading.
“Mike, you should be ashamed of yourself. You are trying to buy the election by bombarding us with false and misleading propaganda. You are monopolizing the free marketplace of ideas by shouting down the truth [about your record, your experience, your policies, or other stuff of actual relevance to the election].”
And Did I Hear What I was Listening For?
No, ladies and gentlemen, I did not hear what I was listening for.
That particular hound dog did not bark last night.
What Did I Hear Instead?
I heard that, when running against a criminal who wants to overthrow the republic, put his enemies in jail, and let the world burn to a crisp, it’s very important to play strictly by the Marquis of Queensberry rules.
Heaven forfend that a very rich person should bombard us with truthful advertising.
It’s just not the done thing, don’t you know?