WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
The commander-in-chief's health plan: Our failing society's dumbness quotient has grown and grown and grown.
At some point, we'll amuse you with the history of basic cable. We'll recall the lofty goals with which certain well-known channels began, as compared to the low-IQ dreck these channels now put on the air.
That's one way to think about our growing dumbness quotient. Or you can consider what happened last night when Chris Wallace asked the commander in chief about his health care plan.
In the beginning, it seemed to make sense. Wallace started like this:
WALLACE (9/29/20): Mr. President, the Supreme Court will hear a case a week after the election in which the Trump Administration, along with 18 state Attorneys General are seeking to overturn Obamacare, to end Obamacare.
So far, it all made traditional sense. Then the interjections began:
TRUMP (continuing directly): That’s right.
WALLACE: You have spent the last week—
TRUMP: Because they want to give good health care.
WALLACE: If I may ask my question, sir.
Already, Wallace was struggling. And when he tried to continue, so did the interjections:
WALLACE (continuing directly): Over the last four years, you have promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, but you have never, in these four years, come up with a plan, a comprehensive plan, to replace Obamacare—
TRUMP: Yes I have. Of course I have. We got rid of the individual mandate—
WALLACE: Well— When I finish, I'm going to give an opportunity—
TRUMP: Excuse me. I got rid of the individual mandate, which was a big chunk of Obamacare.
The moderator was getting sidetracked again. Before long, he was begging for the chance to get his question out:
WALLACE (continuing directly): That's not a comprehensive plan.
TRUMP: That is absolutely a big thing. That was the worst part of Obamacare.
WALLACE: I didn't ask, sir—
TRUMP: Chris, that was the worst part of Obamacare.
WALLACE: You're debating him, not me. Let me ask my question.
TRUMP: Well, I'll ask Joe! The individual mandate was the most unpopular aspect of Obamacare.
WALLACE: Mr. President—
TRUMP: I got rid of it. And we will protect people.
WALLACE: Mr. President, I'm the moderator of this debate, and I would like you to let me ask my question, and then you can answer.
TRUMP: Go ahead.
At this point, Wallace still apparently thought that he was the moderator. "Go ahead," his thick-headed companion now said.
With that, Wallace actually managed to ask a form of his question. He managed to get this much out, occasioning a sad reply
WALLACE (continuing directly): You, in the course of these four years, have never come up with a comprehensive plan to replace Obamacare, and just this last Thursday you signed a largely symbolic Executive Order to protect people with pre-existing conditions five days before this debate. So my question, sir, is what is the Trump healthcare plan?
TRUMP: Well, first of all, I guess I'm debating you, not him. But that's okay. I'm not surprised...
Poor Trump! Just as he insightfully said during one of the 2016 debates, he was being forced to debate the moderator as well as the other candidate!
At this point, Trump briefly rambled the countryside, tossing in insults directed at Biden. He managed to make an incoherent claim about drug prices.
"What about preconditions?" Wallace actually said at one point. Basically, though, the commander ignored him, and the moderator finally gave up.
Wallace had been trying to ask a fairly obvious question. Trump has been claiming to have a health care plan for years, but he just keeps failing to release or describe it.
Some within the realm of "fake news" have suggested that he may not have a health care plan at all! In theory, Wallace was trying to make Trump talk about that, but he was defeated by the interjections, the interruptions, and the general all-around dumbness.
Bravo was supposed to be all about the arts. Now it's about the real housewives.
Kennedy and Nixon once spoke at great length. Now our "debates" look like this!
And also, such dumbness as this: All the way back in 1999, Candidate Gore had that one earth-toned suit.
Our nation's pod of upper-end journalists discussed it for several years!