After watching Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential candidates slug it out during the political season’s 10th nationally televised debate, about the only thing one could be sure of is that it offered very little in moving undecided voters toward their decision on which of the remaining hopefuls might serve their interests and needs the most.
With rare exception, whether by design, frustration or outright anger, most of the commentary bore troubling similarity to a reality show like “Housewives” than a conversation among those seeking the highest office in the land. Even if they once agreed on and even went along with former first lady Michelle Obama’s strategy which she offered during the 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, “when they go low, we go high,” it seemed that most have since abandoned such notions.
Sen. Klobuchar’s summary following the debates encapsulated what we fear as well — that if the Democrats aren’t careful and continue along the current vein of back-biting, finger-pointing and holding fast to attacking their opponents because of formerly-held and policy decisions made in the past, that the White House will all but be guaranteed to remain in the hands of President Donald Trump.
As the temperature in the building continued to escalate as one candidate after another yielded to the temptation to outshout the person with the mic, refused to obey time limits allotted for their remarks or insisted upon finding less than subtle ways to plunge the dagger as deeply as possible into the hearts of their colleagues, little time remained for voters to hear what matters most — an explanation of the candidates’ platforms and conclusive evidence why they should be elected president.
Super Tuesday looms largely and just around the corner when close to 40 percent of the delegates will be up for grabs. But if the childish antics we saw on Tuesday continue to dominate the discussion, we’re concerned that it won’t really matter who comes in first, second or even third place.
Voters with a modicum of commonsense will probably have decided to focus on other things, even deciding that while they cannot see themselves voting for Trump, they similarly cannot give their vote to any of the Democratic choices. No decision and a refusal or inability to cast their vote for any of the Democratic candidates would still result in a decision — just one that allows the Trump base to have their way for another four years.
We sure miss Cory Booker and Kamala Harris at lot more than we may have once predicted and it’s not because of their racial identity. Rather, looking back, it was clear that they knew how to keep their remarks focused on their unique skills and their plan for making life better for all Americans.
Those were the days.