Dead man walking. That's what I see when the "patriot and veteran" Tony Bobulinksi held his press conference a mere two hours before Biden took the stage for his final Presidential Debate against incumbent Donald J. Trump.
The upshot? Joe lied when he claimed he never discussed Hunter's business dealings with China. We all knew that already but it felt good to approach the Presidential Debate with "liar" fresh in the minds of the American people. Naturally, the press tried to forge a link with Rudy Giuliani but Tony held firm on "no questions."
Tony's presser almost eclipsed Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court being approved (despite the Democrats' silent tantrum by boycott) for the Senate vote. If that weren't enough, Ghislaine Maxwell's deposition was also unsealed. Those women should not be mentioned in the same paragraph.
It's been a banner day for American political news. An embarrassment of headline riches. But I digress. Focus. Debate. Oh yeah, right. Debate.
Of course, they started with covid, covid, covid. A horrible virus but a subject that's been pounded into the ground in every debate and every interview. How the virus didn't die from being talked to death is beyond me! Bless President Trump's heart, he has more patience than me.
Somehow, inexplicably, Joe Biden always makes the China virus Trump's fault. Odd strategy for a man who's so invested in China. It seems bad strategy for Joe to run on doom, on gloom, on death, on virus spikes only in Republican states, on empty chairs at the Thanksgiving table. If he wanted to win, shouldn't he run on a better plan than President Trump, on hope, on upwards-and-onwards?
But what do I know?
It was after the first question that I began to revise my dread of this new sanitized debate style. Actually, I feel Welker did fairly well and the spirit of debate was maintained. The mics were slightly muted but there was respectful give and take. The only thing missing (at first!) was Joe rattled, Joe distracted, Joe saying "Shut up, man." Shucks. That was my favorite moment.
"Whoever intervenes in American elections," Joe said. "They're interfering with American sovereignty."
Is it just me or does that ring hollow from a man who's in bed with China!?! He sold his Vice Presidency and has every intention of selling the Presidency if, God forbid, he becomes President. (God forbid!) Lots of bluster and show of strength but pfffffttttt.
"Joe got 3.5 million dollars from Putin...the wife of the mayor of Moscow or your family did," Trump retorted. "I think you owe an explanation to the American people...what [Tony Bobulinski] said was damning."
"I HAVE NOT TAKEN A PENNY FROM ANY FOREIGN SOURCE...IN MY LIFE." Oh Joe's a good liar. He looked into your eyes, America, and lied. Then he went on to claim, "Russia's paying [Trump] a lot. China's paying you a lot....Release your tax returns or stop talking about corruption."
Nice bluster. It didn't change one thing. Biden the Bald-faced liar. "Later learned about Burisma" my sweet patootie!
After hearing claims earlier this week that these hot topics Joe called "malarkey" were banned from tonight's debate, I'm thrilled they were brought up.
Around 8:41 CST, Joe's little helpers started to wear off. The old, brittle, angry Joe struggling to find his words began to show himself. He looked in pain and angry and, of course, cool Trump won in that moment because the one who is moved to emotion always loses. Someone should've told angry Kamala-the-Kondescending that little secret.
"C'mon, Joe, you can do better," Trump said. Oh, that had to hurt.
Wait. Did Joe just compare Kim Jong-un to Hitler? Right. Yeah, that'll make for a great working relationship. And I thought Trump had a bad habit of shoving his foot down his esophagus. Joe is even worse!
Covid, China, North Korea...now Obamacare. Regardless of how many times Trump says that pre-existing conditions will always be covered, it just doesn't matter. They never believe him despite four years of "Promises Made, Promises Kept."
Bidencare! That's Joe's healthcare plan. A detail-free riff on Obamacare now called "Bidencare."
My husband had the most eloquent response. He exploded "Oh f**k!!!" and left the room. The man has a way with words.
"[Trump's] a very confused guy. He's running against JOE BIDEN," Joe tried gaslight us. Forty-seven years in the legislature. Eight years at Obama's side. Oh, I think Trump and all of us know exactly who Joe Biden is and we don't want him.
If you've pushed for relief for us little people, Joe, as you claim, where is my stimulus check? Where is my husband's? We've lost $3,700 this year which included both stimulus checks, my job and my severance package because I wouldn't sign a severance contract to overlook crime. My husband's SSDI never keeps pace with the increased cost of living. Don't speak to me, Joe, about fighting for the little people. Just...just...shut up, man!
At 9:00 CST, Joe again turned red with anger. "No one should be going to jail because they have a drug problem," Joe said when the topic of race was addressed.
Trump was all over him. "Why didn't you change that four years ago? I ran because of you, because you did such a poor job."
Faced with incontrovertible facts, Joe had nothing left. All he could do was reprise his little Fireside Chat, look into the camera and talk directly to the folks at home about "character." Trump was all over him with three little words: "LAPTOP FROM HELL."
"What he's saying is a bunch of garbage," Joe blustered.
"You mean the laptop is another Russia, Russia, Russia hoax...You gotta be kidding. Here we go again with Russia. Can't believe that one."
Welker quickly changed the subject back to the (apparently) less loaded topic of race. Whew! That was a close one! The truth about Hunter and The Big Guy almost got out there!
"Abraham Lincoln here is one of the most racist presidents in history," Joe sarcastically attacked Trump.
As an American, I find his reference to the Great Emancipator offensive. But that wasn't his only goof. My husband caught that Joe confused "po' boys" the sandwich, with Proud Boys the group. Heavenly days! God, give me patience.
When he has nothing else, Biden gets angry or laughs...even when Trump said, point blank, the Biden's crime bill primarily put Black men in jail. If you wanted to be President, Joe, you should've behaved better in the last forty-seven years.
Climate change brought out Fireside Chat Joe again. But at least we heard some financial plans. Back in the day, the bulk of Presidential Debates were about "balancing the budget." Maybe I checked out but that just doesn't seem to be a topic nowadays.
After taking a nice swipe at AOC+3, Trump mopped the floor with Joe with his superior knowledge about wind power. Never talk to a builder about power, Joe. Tee. Ball. Trump swung for the fences.
Fracking: the gift that keeps on giving. Joe was against it before he was for it before he was against it again. Shame Welder rushed past it. I would've loved to watch Trump try to pin Joe down on his fracking position. Jell-O comes to mind.
The final topic of the evening was Leadership. "Imagine this is your Inauguration Day. What will you say to Americans who didn't vote for you?"
Trump's Summary: "We must make our country successful as it was before the plague came in...I'm cutting taxes."
Biden's Summary: "I represent all of you and I'm going to...give you hope. Choose hope over fear. Choose to move forward. Enormous opportunities. Deal with systemic racism. Make sure that our economy is being run by clean energy...What is on the ballot here is the character of this country...honor."
Oh, he shouldn't have said "honor." The word probably burned his tongue.
In my opinion, TRUMP WINS AGAIN!
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