Watching the Democratic presidential candidates’ event on CBS last night, I thought we had entered the Twilight Zone. You know, “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension…” John Dickerson played Rod Serling. Herewith my impression of the highlights.
Bernie Sanders explained that the phenomenon formerly known as global warming (PFKAGW) was the cause of the Paris massacres. Sanders is no outlier. He represents the mainstream of Democratic Party dogma on this point.
What does the PFKAGW have to do with the Paris massacres? It is responsible for what he and the rest refused to call Islamic terrorism.
Homosexuality used to be known as the love that dare not speak its name. When it comes to Islamic terrorism, Islam is the religion that dare not speak its name. On this the candidates were all agreed.
The Democratic candidates promise “free” college. In the Democratic future, pretty much everything will be “free.” On this the candidates agreed as well.
Twilight Zone had a strong satirical streak, and this streak came through last night. Saturday Night Live couldn’t have improved on it if it wanted to. “Wall Street,” for example, is Senator Sanders’s villain for all seasons. In one of his lucid moments, he effectively taunted Madam Hillary with it. Clinton’s response was comic gold, far beyond anything SNL could dream of.
“Why, over her political career, has Wall Street been a major, the major, campaign contributor to Hillary Clinton?” Senator Sanders asked.
Clinton indignantly explained that her taking contributions from Wall Street represented a brave stand against the consequences of PFKAGW: “I represented New York and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country.”
One other notable area of agreement: those refugees that are arriving from Syria. Come on in, and keep ’em coming. You got a problem with that?
I would have had a hard time following along last night, but I had spent some time absorbing Neil Cavuto’s interview with Democratic philosopher Kelly Mullen (video below) on the Million Student March. Kelly’s deep thoughts have become the conventional wisdom of the Democratic Party.