First Presidential Debate Live Blog



10:40 PM It’s over.  Mercifully.  I’m headed to bed. Trump doesn’t want a debate, he just wants to filibuster and boast about his shitty lies.

10:36 PM Trump is already declaring the election fraudulent.

10:31 PM On Voting, Biden: “Vote vote vote”.  Trump: “It’s a fraud.”

10:29 PM I’m exhausted.  That’s the update.

10:21 PM

10:16 PM Trump bringing up Ukraine again and again, which got him impeached, is a bit short sighted.  Of course Biden lets it slide.  My god.

10:11 PM Just saying but we could have had taco trucks on every corner instead of this.

10:03 PM Biden to Trump: “You wouldn’t know a suburb if you took a wrong turn.”

10:00 PM An hour into this. Trump won’t stop interrupting and Joe is leaving a lot on the table. Trump asks Biden if he’s in favor of law and order.  Might have been a good time for Joe to bring up the names of everybody in Trump’s administration who is now in jail or charged.

9:55 PM Chris Wallace appeals to Trump to stfu for 2 minutes.  Trump lasts 30 seconds before he has to interject.

9:52 PM This debate is such a mess.

9:50 PM Chris Wallace is just going to let Trump steamroll through again and again.

9:44 PM I’m fairly underwhelmed with Biden hitting back. Trump is giving him a lot of openings to hit on (Nobody got sick from a Trump rally?  SHOUT OUT HERMAN CAIN)

9:35 PM I’m not sure how effective it is for Biden to provide Trump a laugh track. I dunno.

9:23 PM

9:22 PM Chris Wallace to Biden: “the question goes to you, 2 minutes, uninterrupted.”  Biden: “Good luck.:

9:18 PM It’s going to be a long night.  Switching to whiskey.

9:17 PM Trump got 15 minutes in before using a racial slur.

9:14 PM Trump thinks he is debating Chris Wallace now.

9:12 PM Trump is the personification of a stuck CAPS LOCK KEY.

9:06 PM I see Trump with the extra Oompa face dye tonight.

9:00 PM And we’re starting. The audience is spaced out but still look pretty close for my comfort.

8:53 PM Does Trump snort Adderall in powder form or just stick the entire capsule up his nose?

8:32 PM Why is Rick Santorum still getting paid tv gigs?

8:11 PM My debate watching partner has passed out from anxiety:

7:57 PM CNN has dug up 14 undecided voters who are either lying to get onto CNN’s focus group or.  No, that’s the only feasible reason at this point.

7:41 PM Biden has released his tax returns a few hours ago. He actually paid taxes on his income and probably doesn’t even have a golden toilet.  Sucker.

7:37 PM The Trump campaign just did an email blast declaring that Trump won the debate, a good 1.5 hours before the debate actually has begun.

7:30 PM Oh, it starts at 9. I’m so not ready for this.

7:25 PM Ok, I’m watching it on ABC News (I think. I suck at finding any specific channel nowadays) but if you can only watch from the web, here’s the YouTube Embed. I’ll be posting updates on here so you may need to refresh every so often. I have some leftover Shakshuka, a big box of wine (because I’m classy) and a pissed off cat. I’m ready for this.



Let me preface this by saying that I don’t think there is a person that Biden could have chosen that would have made me reconsider not voting for him on November 3rd. Trump is the worst president of my lifetime, and most likely the worst president in the history of this country. Getting him out of office is paramount. That leaves one option; voting for Joe Biden.

Kamala Harris was one of my early favorites for president. Elizabeth Warren was my top pick and by the time the primary came to Massachusetts, Kamala had already dropped out of the race (and my vote for Warren got her to third place in her own state. How did that happen?) So needless to say, I’m quite pleased that Harris is back on the ticket. She’s a strong pick for VP. I haven’t seen her debate but I have seen her grill quite a few people in Senate committee hearings. She is tenacious and concise in her questions (tools she undoubtedly honed as a former prosecutor) and seeing her face off against the slow-witted misogynist Mike Pence will be a popcorn night for sure.

Harris being the VP, which really wasn’t unexpected, sent Trump’s campaign scurrying for some sort of angle to attack her and coming up fairly empty for the time being. Trump resorted to calling her a nasty woman, which is his default adjective for any woman whom he is threatened by. I’m guessing that Trump’s team was gearing up for Susan Rice to be selected which they could then have unloaded their usual anti-Clinton/Benghazi tropes on but now they may have to send Jared to Wikipedia to try to come up with a new line of attack for Harris.

There are avenues for criticism, such as her stint as an Attorney General for CA, although since the GOP loves to be tough on crime, I’m not sure if they’ll want to go there. That’s a bit too nuanced for today’s Republican party anyway so I expect their main attack will be on her ethnicity and gender as Trump starts questioning her parents’ immigration status. Will he start asking about her birth certificate? You know, the classics. Whatever you think is the low point that Trump will sink, he’ll find a way to tunnel under it.

I’m just glad that Biden made a choice that seems to be adding enthusiasm to his campaign.



Pete Buttigieg claims victory in Iowa caucuses, though no results have been released

Hey, who needs pesky numbers to win anymore?

Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg declared victory in the Iowa caucuses early Tuesday, despite a botched election process that delayed the release of the state’s results.

“So, we don’t know all the results,” Buttigieg told hundreds of supporters at a rally in Des Moines. “But, we know, by the time it is all said and done, Iowa you have shocked the nation. Because, by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”

Rashida Tlaib boos Hillary Clinton from stage at Bernie Sanders Iowa event

WTF Democrats? Whatever your feelings on Hillary are, this isn’t the way to unite an already splintered Democratic party. And Hillary isn’t even running. This is the same kind of shit that happened last time surrounding Bernie’s followers who ended up not voting or voting Jill Stein which got us into the current situation with the stable genius.

CLIVE, Iowa — Campaign surrogate Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Friday night booed Hillary Clinton from the stage of a Sen. Bernie Sanders event.

With Sanders stuck in Washington due to the Senate impeachment trial, the campaign has had to lean more heavily on surrogates to energize voters in the days leading up to the caucus.

As part of the Friday night concert featuring indie folk band Bon Iver, Tlaib participated in a panel discussion along with House colleagues Reps. Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal.

As they were about to wrap up, moderator Dionna Langford, an Iowa-based activist, brought up recent comments by Hillary Clinton that nobody liked Sanders. At the mention of Clinton’s name, scattered boos could be heard among the fired-up crowd.

“We’re not gonna boo; we’re not gonna boo,” Langford said, attempting to calm the audience. “We’re classy here.”

Tlaib interjected, “I’ll boo.” Then she booed from stage, leading the crowd in another chorus of boos.

Security at debate didn’t realize John Hickenlooper was a candidate

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) speaks at the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas – RC1866C8A6A0

I’m with security on this one. Who?

As Hickenlooper, who is participating in Thursday night’s debate, attempted to go inside the hall to take questions from reporters, a security guard stopped him after mistaking him for a member of the press.

“Are you here to pick up press credentials?” the security guard asked, according to NPR’s Scott Detrow.

“I’m a candidate,” Hickenlooper replied.

Steve King removed from committee assignments following racist comments

He never should have been re-elected but, alas:

(CNN)Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa has been stripped of committee assignments following racist comments he made to The New York Times in a report published last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Monday.

McCarthy announced that the House Republican Steering Committee — which oversees committee assignments — met Monday night and made a decision that King “will not be serving on committees in this Congress.”
Earlier Monday, a pair of the Senate’s most high-profile Republicans on Monday sharply condemned King, the highest ranking GOP officials to publicly rebuke King after comments he made to The New York Times that were sympathetic to white supremacists.

The criticism from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Utah freshman Sen. Mitt Romney, comes as the House plans to vote as soon as Tuesday on a resolution to disapprove of the actions of King, who has a history of making incendiary comments related to race and immigration.

Sarah Palin Not Invited to McCain’s Funeral

It would have been better if she hadn’t been invited as his running mate but ok I guess:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has reportedly not been invited to attend funeral services for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), her onetime running mate.

NBC News reported Wednesday that Palin had not been invited. A source within the Palin family told NBC News that “out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point.”