Shots were fired and blows were traded on the debate stage in Las Vegas Wednesday night. But, 2000 miles away in a converted auto shop in the South Carolina Piedmont, no one was even on Twitter to snark.
Instead, at a debate watch party in a Pete Buttigieg campaign office in Rock Hill, a group of a dozen supporters and undecided Democrats took in the most raucous debate of the 2020 presidential primary without any of the frantic intensity visible on cable news. There were oohs and aahs as Sen. Elizabeth Warren surgically dismembered Michael Bloomberg in several exchanges early…
This much was clear: The journalists were tired.
During Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, I sat, alongside several hundred other journalists, in the event’s spin room: a large, open gymnasium inside Drake University’s athletics arena that was outfitted as a debate media hub. Reporters were squeezed together along rows of tables, surrounded by TV pods where nicely compensated correspondents could sprawl out and record their segments. We were about 1,600 feet from the school’s Sheslow Auditorium, the setting where six politicians — Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer —…
It feels hard now to remember a time when Democrats weren’t debating each other. Wednesday night was the fifth debate of the 2020 primary, and there will be seven more to go. Still, even though most of the candidates and talking points are more than familiar by now, Wednesday’s debate was much less painful than usual. Probably not coincidentally, all of the moderators were women: Andrea Mitchell, Rachel Maddow, Ashley Parker, and Kristen Welker.
As soon as former vice president Joe Biden finished defending his son Hunter during the Tuesday night CNN/New York Times Democratic debate, his rivals seemed to back off the topic. The internet, though, was ablaze with vigorous criticism of him. People on Twitter, led by a group of high-profile tweeters close to the president, launched barrage after barrage of attacks on Biden’s character.
Donald Trump Jr.’s tweet—“Yea, #QuidProJoe had no idea what was going on and never discussed business with his son!🙄”—was shared almost 10,000 times in the lead-up to and during the debate. “Sleepy Creepy Sloppy Slow Crooked Joe…
It’s official: Beto O’Rourke has entered his fuck-it phase.
The former congressman and presidential hopeful didn’t mince words when talking about gun control in Thursday night’s debate. “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he said to raucous applause. He boldly addressed the legacy of slavery in the country, and didn’t flinch before calling President Trump a white nationalist.
There are certain things we can expect to happen at tonight’s Democratic debate. Elizabeth Warren will reference one of her plans. Bernie Sanders will wag his finger. Joe Biden will make a Biden-y gaffe. Probably.
What we’re less likely to see is much conversation around the campaigns’ less sexy issues.
While health care and immigration dominate the airwaves, there’s been relatively scant attention paid to labor rights or criminal justice reform in past debates. …
Thursday’s installment of the Democratic Party’s multinetwork debate fiasco promises more than just another night of bad television; it’s a lesson in bad democracy.
It’s almost as if media conglomerates and party officials responsible for the debates are strategically preventing candidates from discussing important issues or demonstrating political effectiveness. The whole process has almost nothing to do with the grasp of issues or executive competency. Instead, it has everything to do with the demise of the television medium.
If the debates are attempting to demonstrate anything, it’s the dominance of television in American society — as if mounting a last…
In 1992, the Los Angeles Times described Marianne Williamson as the “New Age guru of the hour.” Her spiritual prosthelytizing had propelled her into the heart of Hollywood, to a level of fame that rivaled some of the biggest stars of the era. With her self-help book A Return to Love fresh off the press, Williamson was “captivating standing-room-only audiences” with her mystical lessons. 27 years later, she’s at it again.
Most of the coverage around a presidential debate focuses on the winners and losers: who commanded the conversation, who defended their past positions, who simply came out flat. But that media narrative often overlooks the larger story — how, for example, the progressive and moderate wings are combating one another; or whether the new, larger debate format is itself working as intended.
With that said, here are three big-picture takeaways from the second debate.
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