President Trump may have won reelection last night. It wasn’t anything he said or did, nor was it some great accomplishment pulled off by Republicans in general. Instead, his reelection may have been guaranteed when the major Democratic candidates showed on a debate stage in Las Vegas that their party is in tatters.
The Las Vegas debate, being held prior to the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, was meant to provide Democratic voters more insight into the candidates and assist them in choosing who to vote for. Instead, all viewers got was an epic food fight, with every candidate attacking, scolding and being rude to their colleagues on the stage.
Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg was victim of the brunt of the endless onslaught. The other candidates ruthlessly smacked him around for the stop and frisk policy he supported as mayor, his alleged harassment of women, and his billionaire status. Bloomberg accepted most of the verbal beating in silence. The biggest moment was when Elizabeth Warren asked whether Bloomberg would release multiple women from non-disclosure agreements (NDA’s) to tell their stories of being harassed when working for Bloomberg.
Bloomberg wasn’t the only one to be taken out to the woodshed last night. Every candidate was attacked by another in some way. Bernie Sanders was derided by Buttigieg for having an impractical health care plan. Bloomberg attacked Sanders over being a millionaire socialist. Klobuchar attacked Buttigieg for not having much on his political resume, while Buttigieg attacked her for forgetting the name of the Mexican president, and questioned whether she knew what was happening between the US and Mexico. Biden and Warren also took shots from other candidates, although with less force. Overall, the Democratic debate was one for the ages, one where the fractured nature of the Democratic Party became painfully apparent.
The candidates disagreeing with each other is not something that exists in a vacuum. Rather, those disagreements reflect the state of their party right now. Voters are engaged in fierce debates over the direction the party should be headed in and are stuck between choosing between fringe socialists and moderates that they see as too old-school.
In contrast, the Republican Party is staunchly behind President Trump. They vast majority of Republicans support his policies and are excited to vote for him again in November. And in a general election, party unity is key to victory.
With only one party being able to claim that unity, only one possibility seems likely right now: President Trump will be elected to a second term this November.