On Tuesday’s episode of “The Andrew Klavan Show,” the host discusses what issues the 2020 Democratic candidates have to run on. Klavan examines the campaigns of Senator Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Vice President Joe Biden and argues that they’re not saying a single convincing thing about the country’s future. Transcript and video below.
Now the weakness of Bernie comes out because the minute Biden announces, he’s like 30 percent up in the polls. Those are the national polls. In the local polls, like the Iowa primary polls, it’s a lot closer. It’s more like 19 percent and 20 percent and that’s where the fight takes place, so those polls are deceptive. But Biden… I mean Biden is really out of it. Listen to Biden talk about China:
Biden: They can’t even figure out how to deal with the fact that they have this great division between the China Sea and the mountains… in the west. They can’t figure out how they’re going to deal with the corruption that exists within the system. I mean… they’re not bad folks, folks… They’re not competition for us.
Has he seen China lately? I mean they have these amazing cities. They obviously have a burgeoning economy. They’re moving their naval forces into the China Sea. Trump is doing some stuff that is really surprising [with China]. He’s threatening China with tariffs. He is actually taking this on. The idea that China can’t figure out how to deal with the mountains in the West, or wherever the hell they are? I mean that’s nuts. It’s the same thing as Barack Obama telling Mitt Romney that Russia is not a threat and the 1980s called and want their foreign policy back.
I mean, these guys are totally out of it. Which also is going to be true about the economy because Biden’s got to run on the Biden-Obama economy. He said the first thing he’s going to do is repeal those Trump tax cuts because we want to get back to that Obama economy. I don’t think that’s going anywhere. Trump will bounce him down the street like a basketball if this is the best that he can do. He’s got things that are vaunted about him, one is black women apparently like him. They keep saying he knows how to talk to black people. But I am not impressed. Do you remember he said, “they’re going to put y’all back in chains”? He’s still selling this.
Last year, 24 states introduced or enacted at least 70 bills to curtail the right to vote. And guess what? [They were] mostly directed at “people of color.” You see it. We’ve got Jim Crow sneaking back in. If everybody has an equal right to vote, guess what? They lose!
I have full faith and trust in Americans of color, [that they are] one day going to look up and say, “Wait just a minute. That’s not my problem. That’s not the problem in my neighborhood. My problem is crime. My problem is illegitimacy. My problem are things that actually the Democrats created and maybe I’ve got to start listening to evil Donald Trump who didn’t say the things the press said he did, who doesn’t have the attitudes the Democrats say he has.” That stuff is really old fashioned and one of these days people are going to catch up with them.
Then you’ve got the other guy, Pete Buttigieg, who to me it’s like “gay people can be bigots too.” Is that his policy? They asked him about his religious faith on TV.
Buttigieg: I think it’s also important that we stop seeing religion used as a kind of cudgel as if God belonged to a political party. And if he did, I can’t imagine it would be the one that sent the current president into the White House. …
But Pete Buttigieg is going to take us right back. But then he says something important when he talks about Donald Trump’s “MAGA” slogan:
Buttigieg: Our current president targeted with a message saying that we could find greatness by just stopping the clock and turning it back, and making America great again. When that past that he is promising to return us to was never as great as advertised.
But this is not true. One of the things that has really struck me recently is a lot of these people who are complaining, both to Alexandria Occasional-Cortex and to Donald Trump, are saying “we’re being left behind, we’re being left behind,” and in both cases from the left and the right, they’re being answered with a contradiction. The contradiction from the left is the government is ignoring you, let’s have more government. That’s a bad idea.
It’s also a 19th-century idea that “There’s money here. I’m going to take the money here and I’m going to put it there and then everything’s going to be fine.” That is a childish, childish notion. It has never worked because money is only a symbol of your hard work, your desire, your ambition, your creativity… In moving the money, you don’t move those things. Trump is still using 20th-century solutions: cutting taxes. Good idea. Less regulation. Good idea. But we need 21st-century solutions as well and those are the things that we’re not talking about while we talk about nothing. That is what the Democrats are talking about. Nothing.