If you tuned in to the “debate” on Tuesday night, you probably agree with CNN’s Jake Tapper, who said, “That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck…It wasn’t even a debate. It was a disgrace.”
My views on That Moron in the White House are well known by readers of this column. But I think to any objective observer, he did an outstanding job of taunting, lying and name-calling his way to proving why no reasonable person should enable four more years of his criminality, stupidity and narcissism.
Biden certainly did not light the world on fire with his performance, but just as folks voted “against Hillary” in 2016, I expect many will vote for him just to get That Moron out of office.
I know a good deal of thought went into how to stage the debate, and the ground rules were repeated often (although you know who ignored nearly all the reprimands). But it got me thinking that there has to be a better way to hold a debate that necessarily includes That Moron.
Here are some ideas:
Cut off his mic. Whenever he interrupts or speaks out of turn, cut off his mic. Nearly everything he said was a lie, but it reinforces his base when he shouts out unprovable claims.
Fact-check in real time. While the speed and unpredictability of the proceedings make real-time fact-checking difficult, I think viewers would still appreciate a screen scroll even minutes later correcting the generally false claims he makes.
Get tougher. Even though Chris Wallace tried to calm the proceedings, he is being widely criticized for not better maintaining some sense of order. Perhaps his “tough” interview with That Moron a few weeks was supposed to offset the fact that he is a Fox News employee -- but on its own terms, Fox has proven to be nothing more than an extension of That Moron’s campaign.
I would not have moved on until That Moron repudiated white supremacists. As Adlai Stevenson said to the Soviet ambassador during the Cuban Missile Crisis, “I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over.”
Facts-and-figures homework. Wallace knew in advance what the questions would be. It would not have been hard to predict That Moron’s answers and have ready accurate facts and figures to push back. It should not have been Biden’s job to call bullshit all night.
More than anything
else, the debate made us all ashamed to be Americans. The world has wondered for four years what in the hell we were thinking putting That Moron in office in the first place. Now that there's
even a small chance he could be reelected sends a signal that what had been the strongest nation on earth since WWII is now its laughingstock.
But you decide on election day: a fresh new start with adult supervision -- or four more years of embarrassment?
Breaking News: That Moron Has Covid. "It is what it is."