This sums up our horrible politics, media, and culture all in one nice short clip. John Delaney was thought to have had a strong night until this supposed gaffe, where he decried “impossible promises” and “fairy tale economics.” Elizabeth Warren scolded him for this and the crowd went wild:
Most of what Delaney says there is garbage, but the one sensible thing he said — that his party should be more realistic and less pie-in-the-sky — is what Warren seized on. She issued a superficial retort that basically said “yes” to impossible promises and fairy-tale economics.
As you can see, the reaction of the chattering class was “yay Warren!”:
John Delaney was having a strong night up until this point, says editor @PoliticoCharlie. Clear, concise, creating a sharp contrast, making the most of the opportunity – then Elizabeth Warren delivered that roundhouse punch.
More live analysis: https://t.co/1kj4ssMNur
— POLITICO (@politico) July 31, 2019
No discussion of whether he’s right. Just a statement that Warren’s support of fairy tales was a “roundhouse punch.” And why not conclude that? After all, a crowd of hyperpartisans (who I assume, per usual practice, had been handed tickets to the debate by the campaigns) cheered Warren loudly.
Stupid Delaney, trying to get sensible for a brief moment in that environment. You see what happens when you try to move away from superficiality for even a second.
You get eaten alive.
[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]