Discussion: Here’s Everything We Know So Far About The Democratic Debates

They need to bigly raise the bar for the first debate, including both the moderators, as well as the threshold to participate. Time to thin the herd sooner rather than later.


I don’t get why the threshold for the second debate is so low. I don’t think anyone will drop out after the first debate so how will the second one be different except for maybe being more crowded?

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This is nuts. I’m willing to grant that the first debate is pretty much an open call but AFTER that, everyone Sen. Warren’s name needs to go home and rethink their lives. Sheesh.

There are a lot of debates lined up and i’m really excited to see what happens. 2 weeks to kick-off!


“motivational speaker Marianne Williamson”



One guy I would love to see enter the process. But I know he won’t.

He still astounds me.


Not too bad choices of moderators, especially the inclusion José Diaz-Balart.

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But Chuck Todd? So he can ask questions to make it look like he’s smarter than everyone thinks he is? Why not Steve Kornacki – at least he doesn’t resort to self-puffery.



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I glossed right over upChuck Toadie’s name. I guess there always has to be a turd in the punchbowl.


I think it’s basically because the DNC has to go so far out of their way to make the process exceedingly transparent and better than fair to low polling candidates in order to ward off the coming, yet incredibly predictable claims that so and so was cheated because of the debate threshold or the schedule. For example, I looked up the days of the week the debates fall on and all of them are Tuesday through Friday. I can just about guarantee that the debate tentatively scheduled for September on Friday the 13th is going to be roundly criticized as grossly unfair to the participants.


I am guessing that what was meant was “everyone below Sen. Warren’s name needs to go home and rethink their lives.”


I think they want to have two debates with the full crowd. That way they can mix up who debates each other face-to-face.

It would be pretty funny if Biden was still way ahead in the polls by September but got disqualified for the debate because he couldn’t get 130,000 donors.

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The Pod Save America guys have been trying to do interviews with all the candidates, fairly softball affairs to allow the candidates to introduce themselves and their ideas. It’s an opportunity to make a broad-based, positive appeal; even Tim Ryan made himself sound good. Along with Seth Moulton, Williamson was the only one to actively turn me off in that.

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I don’t have a problem with folks running, but I do have a problem with their possible lack of competence.

I don’t think so. Currently, Warren is moving into number 3 behind Sanders and Biden, which would mean both Buttigeig and Harris go home. And that’s in addition to O’Rourke, Klobuchar and Booker since they’re all below Buttigieg and Harris.

Could be though. Perhaps @brooklyndweller will clarify at some point.

tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, motivational speaker Marianne Williamson, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO).

Everyone listed here (forgot to add Inslee, Klobuchar and Gabbard).

I was not agreeing, of course, merely filling in what I suspect was the missing word (or an approximation of what was intended).

And based on the comment above, I suspect that I was right.

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Biden’s going to cure cancer, a definite plus for his competence.

(In blowing smoke up people’s asses.) :joy: