In the first 30 minutes after Thursday’s 2020 Democratic presidential debate, MSNBC’s assembled cast of liberals journalists and pundits were weak in the knees when it came to Beto O’Rourke, gushing that the “authentic” Texan “found his voice,” “spoke with clarity,” and had a “passion and sincerity” to take away millions of guns by force should be applauded. Not only were those nutty claims made, but one panelist even hailed O’Rourke for giving room for “voluntary buybacks” to become a moderate path forward while expressed hope that mass gun control and banning of guns like the AR-15 become popular like gay marriage. Deadline: White House host Nicolle Wallace went first, knocking Julian Castro as “the skunk at the garden party” attacking Joe Biden’s age before swooning for O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg (click “expand”): I think Beto O’Rourke, who found his voice after the massacre in El Paso, he still has that voice. He still spoke with clarity. He seems to have gained some confidence between sort of matching the moments. He tends to use salty language. I worked for John McCain, so I find that familiar and refreshing. Some people might not like it. He still has that sort of clarity that he really showcased after El Paso. He had some moments. But whether it jostles him out of sort the bottom of the top ten, I don’t know and I think Pete Buttigieg was very much on brand tonight. So, whoever merges as the nominee, Buttigieg will be named at a very early stage as someone who will be in his cabinet because he’s just so talented and so likable. Hardball host Chris Matthews chimed in with the lone voice of dissent on the feasability of O’Rourke’s dangerous plans: Also on a sort of purity test, Beto came along and said he’s going to not just buy back automatic weapons — the semi-automatic weapons, but demand that they sell them back. I don’t know where you get away with that. I noticed that Kamala talked about an executive order. This would be an extraordinary ruling by the Supreme Court that would allow a president to use executive orders to demand the end of ownership by automatic weapons — by semi-automatic assault weapons. [full article]
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