Democratic Debate Was So Bad, Even Hollywood Is Speaking Out


If you thought the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night in Detroit was an exercise in futility, you weren’t alone.

But you may be surprised to know that other observers who weren’t impressed included Hollywood liberals, as Fox News reported.

While the Motown debates were slated to wrap up Wednesday with the likes of leading contenders former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris, the first round featured heavyweight Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts among the 10 hopefuls.

But as Fox noted, leftist personalities comprising HBO’s Bill Maher and no less a political authority than actor Mark Ruffalo expressed concern via Twitter. Maher’s sarcasm referred to the possibility of Biden gaining points because he wasn’t even on stage.

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Meanwhile, Ruffalo resented the fact that Republicans were mentioned too often.

Do you think any of the 2020 Democratic candidates will beat Donald Trump?

It’s difficult to blame any leftists who watched Tuesday’s pillow fight and came away thinking President Donald Trump would be re-elected in 2020.

Here’s a breakdown of how some candidates’ opening statements came across:

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, instantly sounded the “climate change” alarm.

Warren couldn’t resist pouncing on our current commander in chief, asserting — with a straight face — that any of the Democratic hopefuls “would make a better president than Trump.”

At some point while standing at her podium, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota was struck by the notion that being the first on stage to pull out a race card would somehow be helpful.

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Whatever his rhetoric, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s voice and languid delivery proved a good remedy for insomnia; aesthetically, he is the left’s version of Jeb Bush.

Sanders began with his tried-and-true ploy of disparaging essentially all wealthy Americans — except himself, of course — while wagging his finger and raising his voice, as if doing so would make his vague talking points more practical.

I’d pay more attention to Marianne Williamson if she would ever partake in a debate, speech or interview without mentioning “symptoms and causes” or “dark forces.”

It’s hard to know what to think about such a three-ring circus, as more than two hours still loomed.

Clearly, the challengers’ initial salvos didn’t satisfy washed-up comedian Kathy Griffin, who felt the need to tweet about politics again — despite the fact she is so disreputable even CNN had no choice but to fire her in 2017.

With such powerful insight from someone who jokes about beheading our president, who needs any analysis from Fox News’ Chris Wallace or Bret Baier?

If anybody on stage emerged relatively unscathed, that would be Warren.

Many audience members applauded often like trained seals for the Massachusetts senator, egging on her melodramatic gestures and cracking voice that signals she’s on the verge of weeping.

Lo and behold, Hollywood faces on social media weren’t the only stars with whom Tuesday’s Democratic debate had to compete.

As Deadline reported, ABC was simultaneously airing the season finale of “The Bachelorette” during prime time.

If liberal celebrities had tuned in to CNN hoping to hitch their wagon to a potential political star, they’re likely disillusioned and wish they had kept channel-surfing.

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James Luksic has been a writer and editor for a panoply of publications and websites for 30 years.
James Luksic has been a writer and editor for a panoply of publications, corporations and websites -- including Montecito Journal, Dayton Daily News and Lexis-Nexis -- for 30 years.