I received this message from a friend who lives in a Super Tuesday state, and post it with his permission. The writer is a person of the male persuasion, and, like me, is not a young man. His thoughts are as follows:
Until last night [when we had news of the South Carolina primary], I was determined to vote for Liz or Amy. I wanted to keep a woman in the race, both for philosophical and electability reasons.
My heart was and is with Bernie.
However, barring an angelic message otherwise, I now plan to vote Joe. Best chance to kick ass and balls. And that is what it’s all about.
I generally resist Monday-morning quarterbacking bloviating about debates, because what I would have to say would have little value. So let me call your attention to Mr. Rich’s observations—mostly interesting, some surprising, maybe even right on point.
Someone please grab a big hook and get Beto, Julián, Andrew, Tulsi, and Tom off the stage.
I don’t think this will be very controversial.
According to Rich, Biden is toast—he “lacks intellectual agility” and “seems incapable of the improvisational moves necessary to take on Trump.”
Fortuitously, I had lunch today with a retired mover and shaker who said much the same thing about Biden.
Tomorrow, my lunch companion of today is going to lunch with a former president of the United States.
According to Rich, Booker is “sunny and personable” but “finds it hard to depart from his over-polished prefab scripts.”
I have to say, I think Mr. Rich may be overemphasizing the importance—not to mention the ease—of running mental circles around Trump on the debate stage.
That said, it’s true that Senator Booker hasn’t gone anywhere in the polls. And it’s true that Amy and Mayor Pete both seem much better poised than Corey to take up the mantle as Biden falters.
Kamela “remains an enigma.”
That would be Elizabeth, who “occasionally seemed defensive and misspoke.”
I have been struggling to find out what makes people pause about Elizabeth—apart, of course, from concern about her being “too far left.” My tentative conclusion is that she thinks she’s smarter than you and me. (Probably true, at least in my case.) She thinks she’s morally superior to you and me. She thinks she’s braver than you and me. All of which is probably true, too. And she shows, by word and manner, that she thinks she is smarter, better, and braver than you and me. And that puts some people off.
Compare Elizabeth to Mayor Pete, who is also probably a lot smarter, a lot better, and a lot braver than you and me. He acts like he knows these things, but they were not so important to him as they are too Elizabeth.
That would be Bernie, who seemed to have found his heart attack a refreshing and renewing experience.
But he’s still too old.
But what about Michael Bloomberg? He has begun to float the idea of entering the Democratic primary as a centrist option if Biden falters. Would he be a contender?
At 77, he would at last remedy a glaring shortcoming of the septuagenarian Democratic field by filling the age gap between Biden (76) and Sanders (78). And it would be highly gratifying to see a genuinely successful and accomplished New York billionaire go up against the fraud in the White House. He might drive Trump crazy — that is, crazier — and he could be self-financing to an extent.
This morning, everybody’s a theater critic.
My own view is that Sleepy Joe woke up and smelled the coffee.
And that fellow Bennett, down at the end of the line, seems to have prepped for the debate by imbibing some Dutch courage.