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My wife and I watched the debate last night. Personally, I think Biden did a better job - and so did the New York Times. Apart from the fact that he had more reasonable answers, the other reason he won is purely visual. Joe wore a navy blue suit, crisp white shirt and a red tie. In addition, Joe stood tall and erect, whereas Bernie seems unable to do anything but slouch and wave his arms. Bernie wore a blue suit with a muddled design, a blue shirt, and a blue tie. If you've ever read "Dress For Success", you'll know why that is important. During the 1960 presidential debates, appearing confident and well dressed helped JFK annihilate Nixon.
What all of us would like to see is Joe talking as eloquently as Obama. However, since Joe suffered from a stuttering problem when he was a child, that is not likely to happen. Being the assholes that they are, some of the Republicans have criticized him for his speaking pattern.
“Joe, can you get it out? Let’s get the words out, Joe” Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump and adviser to his reelection campaign, appeared to mock former Vice President Joe Biden over his stutter. “I feel kind of sad for Joe Biden,” she said this week at a “Women for Trump” event in Iowa.
I was glad to see the coronavirus get a lot of attention. If the Democrats keep pounding on the incompetence of the Trump handling of the crisis, that is actually the only thing that will matter, and that will keep the stock market to continue to swing wildly. This morning, after the Fed cut the rate close to zero, the market the Dow plunged 2,250 points, 9.7%, as more of the U.S. economy shut down because of coronavirus outbreak. Trading was again temporarily halted. As businesses continue to close, a lot of people will be feeling financial pain, and they should be reminded, as often as possible, that it's really all Trump's fault. I got the news this morning that the Tucson schools will be closed until March 27, and that will cost me an ADDITIONAL $500 besides the money I am losing from spring break.
What also will help the Democrats is that each of them said they would support the other if they got the final nomination, a sharp contrast to 2016, when Bernie was visibly pissed when Hillary got the nomination at the convention.
What also will help Joe tremendously is that he went on record that he will pick a woman as his vice president, and the NYT listed a few possibilities this morning. Bernie said the same thing - but Joe said it first.