It as a doozy last night– candidates scrambling for airtime, Sen. Bernie Sanders going after, well, everyone, and in a surprise move, spiritual author Marianne Williamson firing off some lines that got roars of approval from the audience. Like this one:
“If you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country, then I’m afraid that the Democrats are going to see some very dark days.”
For the win, Warren and Sanders who were eloquent and on point among the crowded candidate field (a refresher on who you watched last night: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, author Marianne Williamson, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Gov. Steve Bullock, Rep. John Delaney, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Rep. Tim Ryan.)
At the core of the debate Tuesday night was a fight to the finish between moderates such as John Delaney, Gov. Steve Bullock, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and progressives like Sanders, Warren, and Williamson.
Basically, the moderates claim that the progressives policies are too radical and won’t get them elected, making it easier for Trump to steamroll the election in 2020. Topics up for debate; health care, Green Deal and whether to decriminalize the border.
Well-spoken Pete Buttigieg didn’t get a chance to shine, nor did Beto O’Rourke or Amy Klobuchar.
A couple of big moments. Let’s talk about the standouts…
But our favorite line of the night came after the lights dimmed and Marianne Williamson was quizzed by the press on how she would rate her performance:
Asked how she thought she performed tonight, the presidential hopeful said, “I don’t know. I am inside my head. I haven’t watched the tape,” the presidential contender replied.
Remember, we’re doing it all over again tonight with the second debate which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and end around 10:30 p.m. ET on CNN.