The National Scene-Political and Cultural Tidbits from Across the Fruited Plains. The 10/13/15 CNN Democratic Debate Edition.

The surprising winner of last night’s Democratic debate and how the one not there spoke volumes. Some really good snark, come join us.

I love to write about local politics but meanwhile national stuff is happening that requires my thought and input. Be patient with me, the reading and smiles will be worth it.

I can hear it now yon readers. It’s the Fly on the Wall and he listened in on a conversation from a Hillary Clinton operative to Bernie Sanders. Allow me to quite the words for the wise ladies and gems reading this:

SANDERS OPERATIVE: So pleasantries aside, what’s the real reason for this call?

HILLARY OPERATIVE: We need a favor from you.
HILLARY OPERATIVE: Okay, we need you to help us put a cap on this email nonsense. The drip-drip of the daily pounding is destroying our campaign.

(Fly note-a slight snicker can be heard over the cellular air waves then total silence for about 15 seconds)

SANDERS OPERATIVE: What do you want us to do?
HILLARY OPERATIVE: At some point during the debate we need you to mention, loudly and ostentatiously, that the country is sick of this silly email nonsense.

(another Fly note: Again, a slight snicker and total silence for another 15 seconds).

SANDERS OPERATIVE: Come on! We are your opponents. Why would we help you in such an obvious way?

HILLARY OPERATIVE: We suggest you just shout out, seemingly out of nowhere, how tired you, and the rest of the country are, about this email nonsense. Don’t stick it in a lot of verbiage. Be loud and brass about it within your public persona, a wise old curmudgeon.

(Fly note-no snickers but the sound of serious thought on the other end.)

SANDERS OPERATIVE: What’s in it for us?

HILLARY OPERATIVE: I thought you’d never ask. I’ll tell you what’s in it for you. First, once Hillary gets elected Bernie Sanders and the state of Vermont will never get a break from President Clinton for her entire eight years. And second, if you want even a wink of a chance at the VP slot….well you’ll do what we ask. I suggest you weigh your chances at being nominated over Hillary against HER being nominated and act according to your candidate’s best wishes.

I’m pretty sure it went down this way in some form or fashion yon readers. Because that was the stupidest comment of the night and even sadder, I was quite impressed with this socialist curmudgeon with a thieving wife and an odd constituency.

Meaning, as I describe, Bernie Sanders is hardly the sort of contender for a presidential nominee with his way-out ideology and advanced age. And yet he came off at last nights presidential debate as steady and filled with common sense and wisdom.

If such wisdom means taking from anybody with anything and giving to anybody with nothing…is what I’m saying here.

Indeed I’d give Bernie the nod as the debate winner last night, at least in terms of presentation, style and information provided.

This is not to say, I hasten to add, that Hillary did bad. No she did not. In fact, Hillary did okay and for Hillary that’s a victory of major proportions. If she appears in public and doesn’t make the mistake of looking like a harpy, her camp considers themselves victors.

OMG somebody shoot that Lincoln Chafee. This is a wimp of a man with a lisp and I’d be embarrassed to have him representing me at a foreign affairs meeting.

And once upon a time I thought Jim Webb, former Secretary of the Navy and a Democrat with at least an appearance of military orderliness and discipline….a mile away from Sanders. But last night all Webb did was complain like a big ugly bully about not getting enough time, silly questions he is asked….and on and on. I walk away liking him less than Hillary and that’s saying something.


For so long I have been telling yon ladies and gems that Joe Biden desperately wanted to put on his tutu and dance the presidential mamba but he couldn’t pry the money people away from Hillary, forget that dying son thing.

I think last night’s debate was the test for Biden. Had Hillary come off very badly then ole Joe would have gotten a chance to dance. For now I think Biden’s history and will soon announce that due to Beau’s death and his grief, VP Biden will not be running for the big office.

If I’m wrong you can give me a big nanny-nanny-boo-boo.

Other than the bigger points there was nothing new under the sun last night. The Democrats want to tell the world America’s out of the peace-keeping business, women are mistreated, everyone should turn in their guns. Although Sanders, heh, with a Vermont constituency that likes their guns up in them thar hills, was the most logical about gun control of them all.

Oh, and here’s a little tidbit in case yon reader missed….Hillary refers to ISIS as….well ISIS.

The letters stand for Islamic State In Syria. Only President Obama calls it ISIL…note the L, to mean Islamic State in Lebanon. This because Obama messed up in Syria so he don’t want the country mentioned.

Somebody should have told his former Secretary of State.

We are to understand that almost 16 million Americans watched last night’s debate, compared to 22 million for the first Republican debate.

Looks like Americans are extremely interested in the upcoming election.

Many of us think it’s now or never. In the case of the Democrats judging by last night’s mindless tripe, it’s NEVER.
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7 Comments on "The National Scene-Political and Cultural Tidbits from Across the Fruited Plains. The 10/13/15 CNN Democratic Debate Edition."

  1. Fish Bites says:

    Frank, if you read these comments… Tomorrow morning if your blog is still advocating the shooting of a presidential candidate, I’m calling that one in.

    Fair warning.

  2. fightingbluehen says:

    The exchanges between Hillary Clinton and Anderson Cooper were suspiciously deliberate and almost too quick to be a natural exchange of questions and answers.
    It’s pretty obvious that her team had some or all of the questions before hand and that the answers were also submitted back to CNN…This was a staged event for the most part, and CNN and Anderson Cooper should be called into question for it.

  3. mouse says:

    You know what bothered me? It was so boring compared to the republican debate. No personal attacks on one another, no calls for rounding up 12 million people to concentration camps, no Mexican walls. How boring, just policies that impact average people and their kids..

  4. fightingbluehen says:

    Boring is right. How many times can you watch a shameless collaboration between the left wing media and the Clintons. Still trying to figure out the Bernie Sanders angle though. The “self described socialist” sage must just be in it as a useful prop at this point.

  5. lindsey says:

    Only President Obama calls it ISIL…note the L, to mean Islamic State in Lebanon.

    The “L” in “ISIL” is for Levant.

    The Levant (/ləˈvænt/; Arabic: المشرق /ʔal-maʃriq/[1][5][6][7][8][9][10]) is an approximate historical geographical term referring to a large area in the eastern Mediterranean. In its widest historical sense, the Levant included all of the eastern Mediterranean with its islands,[3] that is, it included all of the countries along the eastern Mediterranean shores, extending from Greece to Cyrenaica.[1][2] The term Levant entered English in the late 15th century from French.[3] It derives from the Italian levante, meaning “rising,” implying the rising of the sun in the east.[1][2] As such, it is broadly equivalent to the Arabic term Mashriq,[5] ‘the land where the sun rises’. The western counterpart in Arabic is the Maghreb.[5]

  6. mouse says:

    Isn’t Isis Linda Carter?

  7. mouse says:

    And she was kind of hot. Is that OK to say in front of the committee? LOL

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