The GREAT RACE (night 2)

Image result for democratic debate 2019 Fans of reality competition shows like “The Amazing Race” or Project Runway know its more exciting when there are more competitors.  The first night of lower tier candidates were fighting for another day.   Last night’s debates had less energy but more intensity then the first.

Some of the senior candidates lost their footing in this large and diverse group of candidates.  There is no break out star last night.  No one spoke Spanish.   Marianne Williamson was the Love Candidate of the night.

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After all, “All you need is love”  Not sure how she made to the first tier. When asked about the first issue they’d tackle if elected president, Marianne Williamson said she’d call New Zealand’s prime minister to say “the United States of America is going to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up”

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As predicted, Joe Biden was the Target.  Donald Trump has a larger presence in last nights debate.   The first night 15.5 million people tuned in.

 Last night a RECORD 18.1 million viewers tuned in, the most ever for a Democratic debate.

Winners and Losers

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Senator Elizabeth Warren was Best in class in the Wednesday night debates.  But it was California Senator Kamala Harris gave the strongest performance by an East Oakland Mile.  With all the noise on the stage, the senator was calm and extremely knowledgeable.  When everyone seemed to be shouting on the stage, she shut it down by saying “The American public wanted to hear how the candidates were going to put food on  their table, not witness a food fight!  

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Democratic presidential hopeful Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg speaks during the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season.

If there was a contest for the most approachable candidate, it would be Mayor Pete Buttigieg.  He left the campaign trail last week after a South Bend Police officer shot and killed Eric Logan a 54 year old black man. The event has led to protests in the city.    The Mayor has a contentious relationship with some of the black people in his city.

Last night, moderator Chuck Todd asked why is the police force is 6 percent black in a city that is 26 black.   What has that not improved over your two terms as mayor?

Buttigieg didn’t spend 5 minutes looking for a camera ready response.  He said , “Because I couldn’t get it done”  The were other questions from other questions from the floor where he took responsibility.    

Buttigieg and Harris looked (dare I say it) Presidential.

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New York Senator Kristin Gillibrand gets the coveted “Bill de Blasio” award for having a lot to say…But! Do you remember any of it?

“Retired Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper”

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They’ve left the light on for him.

You get a thousand and you get a thousand!

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Tieless candidate, Andrew Yang was sporting a California Chill.  I’m a little nervous talking about him.  I was swarmed by his fan base on twitter after giving him a brief complement . Its very possible I may have to move.     Under his  “Freedom Dividend” the New Yorker would give every American a thousand dollars a month.  Nice Shirt (don’t hurt me!)

The Listen Linda Award 

Candidates who not only listened to the moderators questions. But Answered them directly without going into hyperspace

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Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang



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Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

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“I suspect people all over the country who are watching this debate are saying, these are good people, they have great ideas,” said Sanders. “But how come nothing really changes? How come for the last 45 years wages have been stagnant for the middle class? How come we have the highest rate of childhood poverty? How come 45 million people still have student debt? How come three people own more wealth than the bottom half of America?”    The answer, Sanders said, is that “nothing will change unless we have the guts to take on Wall Street, the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the military-industrial complex, and the fossil fuel industry.”   “If we don’t have the guts to take them on, we’ll continue to have plans, we’ll continue to have talk, and the rich will get richer, and everybody else will be struggling,” the Vermont senator concluded.

This was an excellent closing statements one of the two best of the evening. And if were delivered, by Buttigieg, Swalwell or even Williamson, it may have been a slam dunk.  But the message came from man who has been in politics for nearly forty years. In the Senate for two terms.  An experienced politician who couldn’t affect change in 40 years…………..

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Former Vice President Joe Biden

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These two men will be around for awhile. It is very difficult with a limited amount of time on a debate stage to answer the moderators questions ,respond to a large group of candidates and stay on point with your message.  However if any one can its Biden, Harris, Sanders and Warren.

Joe Biden reminded me of the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.  With his polling numbers so far ahead of the pack, he coasted last night.   Charming, charismatic, he didn’t seem prepared. Then Kamala Harris punched him hard leaving him gasping for air.  His responses seemed canned.

But this is only a stumble. Joe will have to study harder.  Next weeks polling numbers will indicate, he will have newer and refreshed rivals. Castro, Harris, Warren and possibly Booker. The question will it be the expense of his numbers?


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Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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