Dem Dozen

Twelve Democrats on one stage. Too many to have a meaningful debate. But. If you have to rate their performances.

My assessment a New York Times Pick.

Warren- Winner. Took incoming with clarity and aplomb.
Bernie- Strong. Happy to see him so spirited and consistent.
Biden- Better. Didn’t drool or stumble too much.
Kamala- Annoying. Phony as ever.
Pete- Good. Needs to pare paragraphs into sound bites.
Amy- Improved. Positive reviews, moderate in waiting.
The other six- See ya.

Dam Break

John Bolton is a hyper-neo-con from way back and he’s pissed about Syria and getting canned. So. He went back to his buddies at Fox to spill. It seems there are fatal cracks in the infrastructure. Trump falls?

On to tonight’s candidate overflow aka debate. Who should Dems now nominate? And run against? Surely not Pence. Open the gates.

Debate Rate

Winner. Warren.
Loser. Castro.
Better. Klobuchar.
Unsteady still. Biden.
Disappeared. Buttigieg.
Most improved. Beto. Booker.
Least appealing. Harris.
Marginal. Yang.
Consistently cantankerous. Bernie.

Test: Who can stand up to Trump one-on-one? Warren. Who can garner a big crowd? Warren. Who can win a general election? Hmmm.

Calling Oprah

Debates done. Take-away. Pre-game speech by Garlin Gilchrist. There’s the political guy of the future. Michigan’s Lt. Governor. He slayed.

After two nights of scrappy scrums. Elizabeth Warren the most energetic and authentic. Crisp and clear in her policies and beliefs. The losers. Moderate Democrats. Therefore. The big winner. Trump.

The only answer is Oprah.     My comment a New York Times Pick.

Dem Debate – Round 1

Breakout- Julián Castro
Stayed the course- Elizabeth Warren
Assertive- Bill deBlasio
Most improved- Cory Booker
Lost ground- Beto O’Rourke
Muddled- Amy Klobuchar

The other four

Supreme Argument

Our niece-in-law Sarah Baumgartel brought a case to the Highest Court last year which was accepted to be heard. As Brett Kavanaugh awaits his fate in the wings for the 9th Supreme seat, Sarah will be center stage arguing her case before the current 8 Justices.

Wall Street Journal article.

October 2. Gundy v. United States – The question before the Supreme Court in Gundy is whether SORNA’s (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act) delegation of authority to the U.S. Attorney General to retroactively impose the law’s registration requirements violates the nondelegation doctrine. This rarely invoked constitutional principle prohibits Congress from delegating away its lawmaking power without an adequate guiding principle to rein in the delegatee’s exercise of independent decision-making.

Well done and good luck, Sarah!

Unapologetic Polemicist

I do like to stir the pot. Jump into the fray with both feet. Love debating prevailing biases on the news of the day. Here of course on Side Trek. Also frequently comment on NY Times & Washington Post. Where I usually get labeled a Republican. Or worse. A Trump-sympathizer. Now I’ve added The Wall Street Journal to the list. Just got called a Democrat Woman yesterday. Of all things! Nobody knows what to do with my views. Family on both sides think I play for the other team. So to speak. That’s good. Keeps ’em all on their toes.