About Last Night… Swalwell Tells Biden To Pass The Torch, And Harris Took It

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden Interpretive Dance!

I did not watch the debates last night, and so to sum things up by reading the coverage, I’m reduced to thinking that the only thing that happened is that Sen. Kamala Harris took poll position of the candidates who helped themselves.

All of the media coverage is of this one moment:

Biden’s answer was not so good, and it oddly makes me think he really did not expect that moment. His prep team really failed on what should have been a predictable moment. Also, did you know that Joe Biden was Barack Obama’s VP?!

Best take: Stephen Colbert on a special live edition of CBS’ “The Late Show”

“I believe in global warming, because Kamala Harris was on fire.”

And moving on, we note a moment of authenticity from a politician: Mayor Pete.

It’s a pretty good answer, and he clearly anticipated the question. As much as I have qualms about his religious posturing, he is impressive and no matter what happens in the 2020 Goat Rodeo, he has a future.

As for the title of this post, a moment from Rep. Eric Swalwell:

I was 6 years old when a presidential candidate came to the California Democratic Convention and said it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans. That candidate was then-Senator Joe Biden. Joe Biden was right when he said it was time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans 32 years ago. He is still right today.

That’s gonna leave a mark.

So the good peeps at FiveThirtyEight have again counted words and merged last night’s word count with Wednesday night’s:


Who held the floor?

Number of words spoken by candidates participating in either night of the first Democratic debate

DEBATE NIGHT CANDIDATE WORDS SPOKEN
2 Joe Biden 2475
1 Cory Booker 2181
2 Kamala Harris 2147
2 Pete Buttigieg 2072
1 Beto O’Rourke 1932
2 Bernie Sanders 1676
1 Elizabeth Warren 1637
1 Amy Klobuchar 1614
1 Julián Castro 1588
2 Michael Bennet 1462
2 Kirsten Gillibrand 1421
1 Tim Ryan 1383
1 Tulsi Gabbard 1243
1 John Delaney 1060
2 Marianne Williamson 983
2 Eric Swalwell 966
2 John Hickenlooper 951
1 Bill de Blasio 881
1 Jay Inslee 875
2 Andrew Yang 594

Excludes words spoken in Spanish

SOURCE: DEBATE TRANSCRIPT VIA ABC NEWS


Hey, they removed the word-count of  Chuck Todd! If only life were that easy! Maybe someone upstairs at 30 Rock watched him on Wednesday? Poor bastards.

An absolutely missing-in-action moment for NBC: not a single mention of the Gerrymandering SCOTUS decision. That really was a missed opportunity to get the candidates out of their canned answers.

As for the rest of the candidate lineup: they were there?

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4 Responses to About Last Night… Swalwell Tells Biden To Pass The Torch, And Harris Took It

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    I know I’m supposed to watch, so that as an informed, and thus intelligent voter, I can therefore come to an I & I decision. (Or an I for an I.) But I just can’t. First, the stage is too crowded, and these are NOT, strictly speaking, Debates. At least, they’re nothing like what I participated in, during my formative high school and college years.

    No, this is more like an Auto Show, where they roll out and premiere the Latest Version of their fabulous new conveyances, so we the Buying Public can kick the tires, admire the shiny paint jobs, and perhaps delight in that “new car smell.”

    Can I get tuck-and-roll upholstery in that one?

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  2. w3ski4me says:

    The news was “who won” and all I could think was ‘who cares’. Too many people on stage and too little time to do more than preen and smile for the crowd.
    I’d love to see a longer answer period and for them to be held to the subject. Like how would you deal with the bloated military, or how would you grow our economy for those who don’t have stocks and bonds and have to live paycheck to paycheck.
    For Harris to attack Biden was a cheap out too. There is more than enough to speak about without snarling at each other. It makes us all look weak as well as rabid.
    Who changed the definition of “debate”?
    w3ski

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  3. Plummet says:

    These debates are nothing but sound and fury, signifying nothing. Don’t listen to what they’re saying, look at their past actions.

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