The Real Winner of Last Week’s Democrat Debates Was Donald Trump

Jul. 3, 2019
Bob Adelmann

Thursday night's Democrat debate revealed Joe Biden for who he really is: weak, indecisive, tentative, unprepared for the surprise and relentless attack launched by Kamala Harris, feeble, and, worst of all, old. He wimped out at the end, declaring that "my time is up" in order to end her onslaught.

A CNN poll taken afterwards confirmed it. His once-insurmountable double-digit lead had melted away. The poll showed Biden's lead shrinking from 32 percent in May to 22 percent – a breath-taking drop of 10 full percentage points – while Harris's support jumped nine points, from eight percent in May to 17 percent. This reduced his formerly insurmountable lead to just five points. Elizabeth Warren enjoyed a gain at Biden's expense as well, doubling her support from seven percent in May to 15 percent following Thursday night's debate.

More telling was Biden's performance among young voters (under 45), with just 13 percent of them picking him to be the Democrat Party's presidential nominee. This reflects a Democrat Party that, according to CNN's Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza, "is younger, less white, more female, more liberal, and far more skeptical of establishment politicians [like Biden] than it was even five years ago."

Liberal commentators are close to writing off Biden altogether based upon Thursday night's performance. Said Bret Stephens, an opinion columnist for the New York Times, "On Thursday [Biden] seemed uncertain, unprepared, and, well, feeble. [His performance] undermines the core promise of his candidacy, which is that he's the guy who can beat Trump. Another performance like this one and I think he's done."

David Brooks, another opinion columnist for the Times, anticipated Biden's lackluster showing by asking, "Will there be [another] candidate I can vote for?" With roughly a third of American voters calling themselves conservative, another third calling themselves moderate, and a quarter calling themselves liberal, Brooks (a self-described moderate who said "I could never in a million years vote for Donald Trump") pointed to the Democrats' conundrum: The Democrat Party "seems to think it can win [in 2020] without any of the 35 percent of us in the moderate camp, the ones who actually delivered the 2018 midterm win … the party is moving toward all sorts of positions that drive away moderates and make it more likely the nominee will be unelectable."

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Those positions include "single payer" healthcare (i.e., socialized medicine) that is opposed by 87 percent of the electorate. Wrote Brooks: "Warren and Sanders pin themselves, and perhaps the Democratic Party, to a 13-percent policy idea. Trump is smiling."

It includes the economy, which nearly every Democrat on stage has declared to be "completely broken" and only benefitting a tiny minority at the very top. But, according to another CNN poll, 71 percent of Americans say exactly the opposite; the economy is either "very good" or "somewhat good." Not only are wages rising ahead of inflation for the first time in years, wage gains in the lowest quartile are rising by well over four percent, the highest of any group.

The third issue that puts Democrats outside the mainstream is their position on immigration. With demands for open borders and free health care benefits for illegals, such positions are, according to Brooks, causing "progressive parties all over the world [to be] decimated because they have fallen into this pattern."

Add in free college tuition, the Green New Deal, and other far-left demands, and there simply won't be enough moderate voters to elect a Democrat next November.

Brooks is right: Trump – the real winner of last week's debates – is smiling.



CNN Poll: Harris and Warren rise and Biden slides after first Democratic debates

CNN: The 2020 Democratic race enters tighter phase after first debate

The Wall Street Journal: Democrats Push Left, but Need Moderate Swing States

CNN: Joe Biden's soft polling underbelly just got exposed

Politico: Biden plummets, Harris vaults to second in major poll

Fox News: Lurching left: Are Democrats blowing their chance to beat Trump?

The New York Times: Is Joe Biden 2020's Jeb Bush?

Fox News: Greg Gutfeld: It's all downhill for Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris likely to be the nominee

The New York Times: Dems, Please Don't Drive Me Away

Background on David Brooks

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