Democrats Two Too

Steve Russell
5 min readAug 1, 2019
Six Would be a Nice Round Number. Photo From Pixabay

The Train is Leaving for Houston — All Aboard

Before we get down in it, I’d like to mention a visual I missed in the first half of this debate. John Delaney was discussing his net worth. It was over a hundred millions — -I tune out after the first million. What I missed was Elizabeth Warren in the background rubbing her hands together and displaying a big smile that translated, “Bring it, Bubba — this is a gift from God!”

Tonight, the polling leaders are Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and Biden is the face on the bullseye of everybody’s target. He has the polling numbers and everybody but Harris has dire need of those numbers to have credibility or even to get on the stage for the next debate in Houston.

ABC is the lucky network and they have again set aside two nights, September 12th and 13th. The Democrats should hope the herd is thinned enough that two nights are no longer necessary. At this writing, there are seven sure things. In alphabetical order: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren. Amy Klobuchar is virtually certain to join them, because she has met the polling requirements and meeting the donor requirements should just be a matter of beating the brush.

Julián Castro and Andrew Yang have the necessary donors, but they need some love in the polls to qualify. One viral moment in debate two would probably get them into debate three.

The most common opening statement was that we are better than this. I was thinking that it was wrong to leave Puerto Rico behind and it is wrong to advocate leaving Baltimore behind. Biden managed to dominate the conversation by addressing the same argument about our national identity to Donald Trump rather than to the audience in the Fox Theater.

He also sucked a lot of the oxygen out of the opening argument about health care by explaining in understandable language what has to be done to get Obamacare back on the track Trump has wrecked. He did not stay entirely out of the weeds but the others just thrashed around in them.

It was all downhill from there. Biden was much better than the last debate but the furniture was better than Biden in the last debate. The health care argument was predictable. Once the debate wandered off in unpredictable…



Steve Russell

Enrolled Cherokee, 9th grade dropout, retired judge, associate professor emeritus, and (so far) cancer survivor. Memoir: Lighting the Fire (Miniver Press 2020)