I didn’t watch the Democratic presidential candidates’ “debate” last night; I have limited time and a limited appetite for stress. I have been listening to the coverage on the morning news and will follow it in the opinion sections of the newspapers.
So far what seems to me the frankest assessment came from former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. After a few minutes of being a good soldier and saying nice things about the candidates the savviest political strategist the Democrats have said something to the effect that the debate was a net negative for Democrats, that the candidates needed to stop saying things that would hurt the Democrats in the general election, and that everything that any of them said would be fodder for Trump to use against them.
There was one clip of Joe Biden which everyone seems to take at face value but it was yet another gaffe. He said that under Obama they didn’t take children away from parents or put people in cages. Actually, they did just not in the volume of the Trump Administration. A frequently used photo of “people in cages” was actually taken during Obama’s term of office. VP Biden should have just attacked Trump’s cruelty in general terms and omitted the details. The reality is that we take children away from their parents every day in the United States for example when their parents have been arrested for a crime.