I confess I did not watch it. Too many people on stage, and also PBS and Politico? It just didn’t make sense to me, especially since PBS is always worried about offending Republicans who want to defund them, and Tiger Beat is nothing if not the ultimate inside baseball operation. All the moderators were from the Village and needless to day, Los Angeles is NOT the Village. It had all the markings of a disaster.
The reviews are available everywhere at all the big blogs, and the consensus seems to be that everyone had a good night. Some highlights from the highlight reel:
- Buttigieg: “Try putting together a coalition to bring you back to office with 80 percent of the vote as a gay dude in Mike Pence’s Indiana.”
- Warren: “I’d also be the youngest woman ever inaugurated.” — responding to the statement that if she won, she would be the oldest president in history.
- Yang called it “both an honor and a disappointment” to be the only candidate of color on stage.
The consensus of our failed political press is that Amy Klobuchar did the most to improve her chances. None of the usual suspects said that any of the 7 candidates on stage made a gaffe. So the night was a status quo in all senses, and not watching it was probably a good move.