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In South Carolina his backers cheered and cringed as he took on competitors at the Democratic debate

Pete Buttigieg in the spin room following the debate in Las Vegas. Photo: Bridget Bennett/AFP via Getty Images


Even the dramatic moments at the showdown in Des Moines, Iowa, felt predictable

Members of the media work in the spin room during the seventh Democratic primary debate at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 14, 2020. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images


It also proved, once again, that Joe Biden can’t keep his foot out of his mouth.

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images


An analysis of 200,000 tweets revealed significant online attacks on the character, but not the policies, of the Democratic front-runners after the last debate

A photo of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren during Oct 15’s presidential debate.
A photo of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren during Oct 15’s presidential debate.
Former Vice President Joe Biden challenges Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Otterbein University on October 15, 2019 in Westerville, Ohio. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images


Beto 2.0 was on full display in Thursday’s debate. He probably won’t win the White House, but he’s a hell of a lot more fun to watch.

A photo of Beto O’Rourke speaking during the Democratic Presidential Debate inHouston, Texas.
A photo of Beto O’Rourke speaking during the Democratic Presidential Debate inHouston, Texas.
Democratic presidential candidate former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University’s Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images


It’s time to look beyond questions designed to create bickering among candidates

A photo of the spin room after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.
A photo of the spin room after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.
The spin room after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


Democracy suffers as a dying medium makes one last bid for relevance

All the Democratic presidential candidates are on stage during the First Democratic Debate in 2019.
All the Democratic presidential candidates are on stage during the First Democratic Debate in 2019.
Photo: Gustavo Cabellero/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty


It seems nobody has learned from the mistakes of the 2016 election cycle

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson speaks to the media in the spin room of the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


The crowded nature of this year’s field means the debates veer away from candidate-centered discussions.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden (2nd R) speaks while Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) (R) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and former housing secretary Julian Castro listen during the Democratic Presidential Debate in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A crowded field makes things less candidate-centric

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