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Joe Biden playing Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" from his phone's speaker before a Florida campaign event commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month belongs in the all-time pantheon of political pandering, Mark Steyn said Wednesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

Still, Steyn said that while Biden's latest addition to that decades-long list is memorable, it may not top the infamous efforts of former Vice President Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, or former House Speaker Samuel Rayburn, D-Texas.

Only meriting honorable mention was Sen. Elizabeth Warren's, D-Calif., Instagram video of her drinking a beer and inviting her husband, Bruce Mann, to join her, Steyn said, adding that as an "effete, sinister and rootless foreigner," he can do a better folksy impression of "I'm gonna get me a beer."


"She's out [of contention] immediately," said Steyn, who lives in New Hampshire, but was born in Canada."

"Joe Biden playing a song that he had never heard of until he stepped out on stage, by an artist he has never heard of ... that's actually a lot of what the Democrat problem was last time," he said, pointing to Democrats' use of celebrities late in the 2016 campaign to little result.

The incident Steyn called "the gold standard" of pandering was a 1998 encounter between Gore and grunge artist Courtney Love in which the Tennessee Democrat claimed to be a "big fan" of hers. When she asked him to name a song, he reportedly couldn't, according to the Chicago Tribune at the time.


Earlier in the 20th Century, Steyn recalled, the iconic Frank Sinatra gave a speech at the 1956 Democratic National Convention in support of former Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson II, when Rayburn -- the longest-tenured House speaker in history, and namesake of a Capitol Hill House office building -- clapped the crooner on the back.

Not amused, Sinatra's response was picked up on an open mic: "Hands of the threads, creep."

"That's a better attitude for the celebrity class than pandering to these politicians -- it's not good for either of them," Steyn remarked.

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Georgia legend Aaron Murray critical of Kirby Smarts handling of quarterbacks

Former Georgia football quarterback Aaron Murray was critical of Kirby Smart over his handling of the quarterback position and inability to score points.

Georgia football had high hopes for the offense this year that could finally keep up with their dominant defense. But then, Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman opted out to prepare for the NFL Draft instead.

Then, USC transfer JT Daniels was still not cleared medically from his torn ACL suffered in last season’s opener.

Then, D’Wan Mathis got the start but was benched after a disastrous first quarter that saw the Bulldogs fall behind an Arkansas team that has many predicting will go winless this season. Oh, that Arkansas team is being coached by former Georgia assistant Sam Pittman to make matters worse.

So now Georgia turns to their No. 4 quarterback on the depth chart, Stetson Bennett who backed up Jake Fromm last year. The former walk-on hasn’t been able to find much success so far and it has former Georgia football legend Aaron Murray openly criticizing the offensive ineptitude from his alma mater.

Give a kid 1Q to play in a new offense then gets pulled. I like Stetson Bennett but I feel bad for Mathis… gonna be tough for him to get confidence back going forward

— Aaron Murray (@aaronmurray11) September 26, 2020

This is a totally different tune from what Murray was singing early in the first quarter when Murray was preaching patience. It would appear that Smart and the Georgia football coaching staff aren’t following Murray’s timeline during the game because they showed no patience and pulled the plug early.

Let’s remember… this was just the 1st quarter for UGA! New QB, new OC, revamped oline! They will get it together, Gotta be able to run the ball better @UGAAthletics @PuntandPass @UGAfootballLive

— Aaron Murray (@aaronmurray11) September 26, 2020

Regardless of whether the Dawgs get a win vs. Arkansas or not, one can surmise Daniels will have a swift and full recovery from his torn ACL and be cleared in time to take all the starter’s reps and be under center for Georgia’s next game vs. Auburn next Saturday.

The season literally could hinge on his availability.

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