Las Vegas is known for its world-famous stage shows. Elvis, Wayne Newton, Frank Sinatra, and The Blue Men Group have all headlined there, as have countless others.
But last night in Vegas, a stage production of the Democrat Clown Show debuted before a live audience, and it was glorious. It was a rhetorical fight to the death, and we enjoyed every minute of it.
Fresh out of the New Hampshire Primaries, each candidate had something to prove, and the fighting got ugly fast.
Senator Elizabeth Warren came out swinging. From the get-go, she took a sledgehammer to “Mini” Mike Bloomberg, who was making his debate stage debut. Turns out he would have been better off postponing that debut by a few weeks because Warren wasn’t the only one to attack him. Bloomberg was a recurring target for nearly every other candidate.
Fauxcahontas Warren started her slamming of Bloomberg by calling him a sexist. She stuck the dagger in him when she said, “I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians.’ And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”
Ouch. The Bloomberg-beating continued throughout the night. The New York Times reported, “In his first appearance in a presidential debate, Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, struggled from the start to address his past support for stop-and-frisk policing and the allegations he has faced over the years of crude and disrespectful behavior toward women. Time and again, Mr. Bloomberg had obvious difficulty countering criticism that could threaten him in a Democratic Party that counts women and African-Americans among its most important constituencies.”
But Bloomberg wasn’t the only person to have a bad performance. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who had a strong debate performance in New Hampshire, was unable to regenerate the magic from that night. She got into a heated exchange with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and her constant attempts at humor continuously fell flat. She should stick to her day job and let the comedians tell the jokes.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden had a decent night, but their performances were far from game-changing and likely won’t alter their poll numbers significantly.
Communist Senator Bernie Sanders was his normal crazy self. His anti-wealth rhetoric is getting old and even his fellow Democrats are starting to see that his solutions would destroy the country. He continued to lie about how rich people don’t pay their fair share. Sorry to burst Bernie’s bubble, but the top 20 percent of wage earners in the country pay 87% of income taxes and the bottom 60 percent essentially pay nothing. In fact, they receive more in government benefits then they pay in taxes. They are profiting off the backs of the top 1%.
Bloomberg, for his part, did have a strong moment in the debate. He directly targeted Sanders, delivering this “sick Bern” (pun intended): “What a wonderful country we have— the best known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses.”
Boom!! Well played Mini Mike. Well played.
However, the night overall belonged to Elizabeth Warren. She needed a strong performance to spark her floundering campaign and she seems to have delivered. She proved that she was a primetime performer last night, coming out swinging and sustaining her punches throughout the night. Her plans are terrible, but speaking objectively from my position as an analyst, she was very strong.
Unfortunately for her, many Nevadans have already voted through early voting methods, and her performance may have been too late to increase her votes. We will find out Saturday if her strong debate showing made a significant difference or not. The winner of the Nevada Caucus will be determined Saturday—well, theoretically anyway. Hopefully, Nevada Democrats don’t use the same vote-counting app that Iowa used during their caucuses. Otherwise, we will have to wait another week to find out.
This is what happens when you let the Democrats run anything. The candidates on the stage show in Vegas won’t run the country any better.
What happened in Vegas certainly won’t stay in Vegas.