Big Questions Go Unanswered at Dem Debate

Democratic Debate  AP Photo John Locher
AP Photo/John Locher

BOSTON – So many pressing questions last night at the Democratic debate didn’t even get asked, let alone answered.

No mention whatsoever of radical Islamic terrorism, and only the briefest of passing references to Planned Parenthood.

Not that it really mattered, in terms of the post-debate coverage. Most of the press corps (or “corpse,” as their hero Barack Obama pronounces it) seem to have completed their debate analyses long before the CNN telecast actually began, because approximately 95 percent of the scribes came to the exact same conclusion.

Hillary won! Hillary won! Happy days are here again!

Which gave the reporters plenty of time to cheer wildly in the press room when Bernie Sanders attempted to sweep their favored candidate’s email scandal under the rug.

Still, many issues were left unaddressed, and not just of the “gotcha” variety that Democrat operatives like George Stephanopoulos so relish asking Republican candidates, on pressing matters such as, what exactly is the price of a gallon of milk?

Here are a few questions that ended up unasked in Las Vegas:

“All of you agree that Barack Obama is an immensely successful president. Yet conversely, every candidate here describes the middle class as in a state of ‘collapse,’ with falling standards of living plaguing almost everyone except ‘the one percent.’ How do you reconcile these two contradictory narratives?”

“Given the no doubt sincere commitment of everyone up here on stage to the imminent peril posed by global warming, er climate change – which of you will commit right now to giving up Air Force One as president and instead flying commercial – or better yet, riding the bus – to reduce your carbon footprint?”

“Madame Secretary, is it still your position that the Benghazi massacre was caused by an Internet video made by an Arab-American Coptic Christian named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula that only a few hundred people anywhere had ever seen?”

“Sen. Sanders, you once wrote an essay for the Vermont Freeman in which you authoritatively stated that a woman ‘fantasizes (about) being raped by 3 men simultaneously.” Do you have any citations for your research that you can share with us?”

“Madame Secretary, do you approve of your husband’s close friendship with convicted billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and have you ever have been a passenger on the Palm Beach pervert’s private jet?”

“Mr. Secretary Webb, is this your father’s Democratic party?”

“Gov. Chafee, which represents a greater threat to western civilization – ISIS or the annual presence in the Rhode Island State House of what is commonly known to everyone except yourself as a ‘Christmas tree?’”

“Sen. Sanders, given that you told a CNBC interviewer that Americans don’t need a choice of 23 deodorants, what number would you suggest is an appropriate number, and does your proposed ceiling just include aerosols, or roll-on and cream deodorants as well?”

“The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has described marriage as an ‘evolving paradigm.’ As part of the continuing evolution, which repressive puritanical laws should supporters of ‘marriage equality’ attempt to overthrow next – those against polygamy, incest, bestiality or statutory rape, or all of the above?”

“Gov. O’Malley, how exactly will mass immigration from the Third World of mostly unskilled non-English-speaking ‘folks,’ some of whom will be designated as refugees or asylees and thus immediately eligible for ‘the full Tsarnaev’ welfare package, raise wages for the middle classes?”

“Sen. Sanders, one of your long-time supporters in Vermont is Ben & Jerry’s, which sells even more flavors of ice cream than Proctor & Gamble sells deodorants. Here is a partial list of flavors Ben & Jerry offers in just a single sector: Chocolate, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Therapy, New York Super Fudge Chunk, Boom Chocolata, Chocolate Peppermint Fudge, etc. How many of these flavors should Ben & Jerry really be selling, if they are truly interested responsible corporate citizens interested in the problem of hungry children in the U.S., and would such a surfeit of flavors meet your definition of ‘casino capitalism?’”

“Madame Secretary, a bitterly divided Supreme Court recently ruled 5-4 that gay marriage is legal, despite the fact that approximately 50 million Americans have voted against it in statewide referenda. You described the ruling overturning dozens of centuries-old state marriage statutes as ‘settled law’ and said the nation should ‘move on.’ Yet you recently told contributors in New York that the Supreme Court is ‘wrong’ on the Second Amendment, which has been law in the U.S. since 1789 and is viewed favorably by a vast majority of Americans. My question is, what exactly is your definition of ‘settled law?’”

“Gov. Chafee, has anyone ever told you that you look a lot like Fox & Friends anchor Steve Doocy, and that you resemble even more closely famed Providence horror writer H.P. Lovecraft?”

Howie Carr is the New York Times best-selling author of the new Boston organized-crime novel Killers, available on


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