A glimmer of light on the horizon – I watched most of the Democratic debate last night, and my hopes for the future of our planet and our benighted species began to flicker again. What an intelligent, compassionate, articulate bunch they are. I don’t understand why Biden is the frontrunner, except for name recognition and association with Obama; he’s often almost incoherent, and he said something that put me off instantly: when Bernie actually brought Canada and Scandinavia into the health care debate, Joe snapped back,”This is America.” As if the experiences of another country are irrelevant to his exceptional country. How stupid is that.
Bernie had a passionately articulate explanation of Democratic Socialism, but tho’s wise, he’s shouty, irascible, and hoarse. Two definite no’s: Castro was vicious, and Kamala Harris seemed to feel she was at a casual lunch with friends and kept laughing at her own jokes, perhaps trying to set herself up as relaxed and open as opposed to Warren, the quivering bundle of intensity next to her. Klobuchar is just not enough. Mayor Pete and Beto are good men, I loved them both, but I can’t see either of them with enough momentum or a broad enough appeal to win the Presidency. Corey Booker is amazing and possible.
But at the very top – it’s Elizabeth Warren all the way. She’s a taut, concentrated fighting machine, fierce and focussed but likeable, on message, with warm, relevant personal anecdotes that didn’t seem forced or folksy. Go Elizabeth. Save the world.
The difference, the chasm, the Grand Canyon between even the weakest of these candidates and the man currently running the country, and his party, is so extreme as to be laughable if it weren’t so tragic. There is another America full of brilliant principled people desperate for change. It is beyond heartening to be reminded of that.
P.S. My cousin Ted the New York lawyer wrote, about all these Dems I admire, “None of them is electable.” My heart sank, but then my spirits rose. I have two words for him, and those words are: BARACK OBAMA.