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Political Editors / Feb. 20, 2020

Demo Debate: Warren Scalps Bloomberg, Aids Sanders

Will Bloomberg's bad night hurt him? Not if $500 million in ads can help it.

Because the gloves finally came off at last night’s Las Vegas debate, it could have been called a heavy-weight bout … if any of the fighters on stage were heavy weights. The reality is that the Democrat presidential field at one point had 29 candidates. Just six debated last night, all of whom showed themselves to be woefully wrong for the office of president.

Mark Alexander suffered through the debate on your behalf, and here are some of his real-time observations:

As I have avoided these debates thus far, it is interesting to see this crew in action – they HATE each other. And all of them are demonstrably inept. I understand why the Iowa and New Hampshire Demo turnouts were unimpressive. Making the spectacle more obnoxious is the electronic backdrop behind the candidates with giant stars distractingly floating around – looks like AV console operator took some bad drugs.

This actually just happened: Bernie Sanders was listing all the ethnic groups that the Democrats need to motivate, and when he mentioned “Native American,” Warren raised her hand. It was part of the second grade classroom hand-raising contest on stage, but appeared as if she was again, trying to claim her native heritage.

Warren is HAMMERING Bloomberg, relentless on his hush money to female employees and others he has insulted or assaulted. She is demanding he release them from the non-disclosure agreements. She challenged him to say how many people are subject to his NDAs and he refused to do so. Clearly he was completely unprepared for this question, and whomever was supposed to prepare him for this must have valued their paycheck over challenging him on this. His refusal to release these women from the NDAs is going to be the big takeaway on Bloomberg. And the Demos’ Leftmedia propagandists will trumpet Warren’s attack because they are mostly Bernie fans.

Listening to Sanders for more than just soundbites, it quickly becomes evident that he is on another planet. He fabricates facts in virtually every sentence, just pulls most of his facts out of thin air. This helps explain why he is so appealing to adolescents.

Everybody is referring to Bloomberg as “mayor” after his years ruling over NYC, which diminishes Buttigieg’s “mayoral status.” Buttigieg took some cheap shots at Klobuchar and Warren came to her defense – some staged sisterhood thing.

Predictably, they are all attacking Bloomberg. Buttigieg had a good shot against Sanders and Bloomberg, saying that Sanders wanted to “burn this party down” while Bloomberg “wants to buy this party out.” Buttigieg insisted, “Let’s put forward somebody who’s actually a Democrat.”

Bloomberg was also challenged to release his tax records, after Democrats have complained about Trump’s refusal to do so.

For pretty much the first 30 minutes, Joe Biden said next to nothing. Apparently his strategy is just to let the rest of the crew attack each other, uninterrupted fratricidal fire.

Halfway in and Bloomberg is fumbling badly. But with the hundreds of millions of dollars he’s spending on advertising, it won’t matter what his stage performance looked like. All most Americans will know about Bloomberg will shaped by his media soundbites. Bloomberg has now spent about $430 million and it’s his first appearance – for perspective Trump spent about $650 million in 2016.

In the end, Bloomberg was the big loser, and never should have appeared on this stage. Warren’s Bloomberg attacks made Sanders the winner. But my overall takeaway, this is confederacy of dunces.

Perhaps the most glaring example of the venom in the debate last night was Warren’s broadside on Bloomberg’s demeaning comments about women and nondisclosure agreements to cover them up. “I’d like to talk more about who we’re running against — a billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians,’” Warren said. “I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”

After Bloomberg offered an incredibly lame deflection on the nondisclosure agreements, Warren leveled him. “I hope you heard what his defense was. ‘I’ve been nice to some women,’” Warren said. “What we need to know is exactly what’s lurking out there. He has gotten some number of women — dozens, who knows — to sign nondisclosure agreements both for sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace. So, Mr. Mayor, are you willing to release all of those women from those nondisclosure agreements so we can hear their side of the story?”

Bloomberg’s reply? “None of them accused me of doing anything other than maybe they didn’t like a joke I told.” That didn’t play well with the audience. But again, most Democrat voters won’t know anything about the hits he took; they will only know what his next $500 million in ads tell them.

Other candidates hit Bloomberg too. “I think we need something different from Donald Trump,” declared Amy Klobuchar. “I don’t think we look at Donald Trump and say, ‘We need someone richer in the White House.’”

“We have a grotesque and immoral distribution of wealth in income,” Sanders thundered. “Mike Bloomberg owns more wealth than the bottom 125 million Americans. That’s wrong. That’s immoral. That should not be the case.”

But Bloomberg hit back, especially at Sanders and his socialism. Bloomberg has eight enormous estates around the world, but when challenged about his wealth, he jeered, “What a wonderful country we have. The best known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses.” Sanders responded he does have a “camp,” which you can see here.

“We’re not going to throw out capitalism,” Bloomberg insisted. “We tried that. Other countries tried that. It was called communism, and it just didn’t work.”

Mark Alexander concluded, “Obviously, Bloomberg never should have gotten on that stage, but like most the insular mega-wealthy, he thought he was bullet proof. And Warren won the debate … for Sanders.”

More fun to come after the Nevada caucuses on Saturday: Debate 10 is 25 February in Charleston, SC, and 11 is 15 March in Phoenix. Will Bloomberg attempt to redeem himself? That would be very difficult because he will never release his victims from those non-disclosure agreements, and without doing so, that challenge will follow him to the grave.

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