The First 2024 Presidential Debate is in the Books


When the presidential debates were first announced, I said that there was no way Biden was going to do a debate, so now I have to admit that I was wrong. But also, you can probably understand why I said that.

Biden is who he is. He’s mentally and physically enfeebled. As long as he doesn’t do something deranged, like challenge his opponent to a live debate, the media can continue to do their best to cover for him.

For example:

Here’s what Biden said the day after the debate:

“I know I’m not a young man. I don’t walk as easily as I used to. I don’t talk as smoothly as I used to. I don’t debate as well as I used to, but I know what I do know: I know how to tell the truth. I know right from wrong. And I know how to do this job, I know how to get things done.”

He may know how to tell the truth, but he lies anyway. For example, he’s been pushing the Charlottesville “Nazis are fine people” lie for seven years. He used it in the debate at least twice. He must know it’s a lie. He can’t be that far removed from reality. It’s been refuted over and over. Snopes got a lot of press in the last week or so by debunking it again:

He may know right from wrong but he does the wrong things anyway. Democratic leaders don’t prosecute their political opponents. They don’t censor political dissent. Those things happen in “bad” countries. That’s what we’ve been taught.

If, say, Vladimir Putin does it, we condemn it. We say he’s a dictator. He’s a tyrant. He’s running an authoritarian regime. He’s perverting the justice system for political gain.

I think most people recognize show trials when they see them. Now that Joe Biden has brought show trials to America, some people say, “Nobody is above the law.”

Okay , , , maybe that’s what’s going on in Russia too. Maybe Putin is not a bad guy, it’s just that no one is above the law. Same in China, North Korea, Cuba, and banana republics all over the globe.

He doesn’t know how to do his job. He barely knows his own name. And yes, he has gotten things done, but they’ve all been disastrous.


A lot of Biden supporters have denounced the moderators, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, for not fact-checking Trump in real time. That, I think, is the wrong line of defense.

First of all, if Trump says something that needs correcting, it’s not the moderators’ job to correct him, it’s Biden’s. That’s what he’s there for.

Second, it reinforces the perception of Biden as a helpless old man who can’t defend himself and needs someone to protect him.

And finally, wouldn’t the moderators have to fact-check Biden lies as well? “Nazis are fine people”? “Injecting bleach”? Trump is the cause of runaway inflation? No overseas troops died on my watch, etc.?

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