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    A PC Debate?

    Several commentators have said the Democratic debate Tuesday night was dull, and that no one there looked to be able to "take on Trump."

    Al Sharpton, for example.


    John Podhoretz was of the same mind, no surprise—Latest Democratic debate the dullest political event in years—but wrote this:

    Maybe their lack of national combativeness has infected their debating skills and made them unable to confront each other during this debate, because you would never really know there was a contest here one of them is going to have to win — which means the others have to lose.

    Podhoretz is referring to their uniform promise to withdraw troops from the Middle East, but I'm wondering if the safe space, "cancel culture" hasn't changed the tone of debate. The idea that offense is wrong may be having a subtle but deadening, self-conscious effect on political discourse. Everything has been smoothed over, like sea glass, safe to handle and inoffensive from all angles.

    In an odd way we re-enter an age of stilted decorum, more 19th century than our own, when euphemism and artifice gilded the sharp edges of emotion and fact. (I was reminded of this by a nit-picking exchange with Norm.)

    It would be ironic is if PC culture can throw such a blanket on discourse even as crudities like DeNiro's "Fuck Trump" or Tlaib's "Impeach the motherfucker" become hallmarks of the uber-sensitive left.
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    They had themselves a party. Again.
    Maybe...………….maybe...…….. is it the last one?

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    I've watched lengthy segments of the debate (but not the entire thing start to finish).

    I've always felt that these "debates" were pretty worthless on both sides. Once in a blue moon you have an entertaining or serious debater but most of them are performing set pieces rather than actually engaging opponents (everybody else is an opponent in real debates).

    Both the moderators and the questions are ineffective in terms of revealing anything that would interest me as a voter. You could get the same responses from any prepared political speech.

    It was a yawn until the post-debate Sanders/Warren dust-up but even that was just useless in-fighting and poor sportsmanship. I already knew the Dems engaged in that stuff.

    Meh.
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    They are politicians. They are not trying to win, they are trying not to lose.

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