That moment telling America what voting Democratic will really mean in 2020?
I've got it. But it wasn't
They would rather cling to Harris' dissection of Biden, and hope you do too.
It did offer great drama: a tired old white guy reduced to babbling and a younger, smarter black woman putting him in his place and finishing off his political career.
He's toast. Even if Biden squeezes into one of her now famous "That Little Girl Was Me" T-shirts, and cries and begs mercy, he's done.
Now that I mentioned it, I wouldn't mind seeing him in a "That Little Girl Was Me" T-shirt.
Harris pulled him apart for cozy comments that he'd worked well in the
Harris said she really didn't think he was a racist, then she dropped it on him, how much it hurt her that he sucked up to Southern Democratic segregationists to stop federally imposed school busing.
Then she told a story of a little black girl bused to an all-white school.
"That little girl was me," she said.
His jaws worked up and down, his eyes got flat, his choppers seemed to enter rictus. Then it was over.
Biden was just another political fatality on the
The next day he ran to the
"We all know that 30 to 60 seconds in a campaign debate exchange can't do justice to a lifetime committed to civil rights," Biden blurted.
He praised himself and former President
He did say that he never opposed "voluntary busing."
"Folks," he said, "the discussion in this race shouldn't be about the past."
When Biden was finished, he meekly walked off the stage and tried to hug Jackson.
Just then I bet you the entire room was worried Biden might rub the reverend's shoulders or sniff his hair the way Joe does when he tries to give comfort to strangers.
But Jackson didn't need Biden's comfort. And when Biden put his arms around Jackson and whispered into Jackson's ear, Jackson didn't return the hug.
It'll take a few more days or so before what Harris did to Biden will take effect. But he's not coming back from it. He can't.
Next up for Harris is
Sanders was set up in the 2016 Democratic Party primaries that were rigged by party leaders with plenty of collusion by the media on behalf of
Sanders might have defeated Trump if he'd been the nominee. But the
Harris is a former prosecutor, a trial lawyer, and showed she can handle pressure. She calmly embraced all that heat on the debate stage, brought it to her for dramatic effect, drew it in, then released it right at Biden.
The way she played Biden and race, just think what she'll do to Warren, who vaulted herself onto the faculty of
Warren's career is a creation myth born in identity politics. She insisted she was a Cherokee, and Harvard praised her for it as if ethnicity was a virtue, perhaps because Harvard was desperate to promote minorities on its law school faculty.
Then Warren's embarrassing DNA test came out. No further questions, your honor. But Harris will have questions. Bet on it.
All such drama is about ambition and skill and tactics. But that's too small to define a political party.
During the Thursday debate on left-leaning
Later came another question.
"This is a show-of-hands question and hold them up so people can see," said co-moderator
Biden raised his, as did Sanders, Harris,
Did any of them think how a declaration of open borders policy and free health care for undocumented immigrants who break into the
Did any of them pause before engaging in self-destructive pandering?
What defines an election isn't take-down dramas.
What defines elections, and political parties, are ideas with sweep, ideas that announce "This is who we are" to the voters.
But ideas have consequences too.
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