Vegas House Rules
This wasn’t like the previous 8 debates, as the first of many memorable moments was Sen. Prof. Elizabeth Warren stopped and frisked Mayor Mike.
“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against. We’re talking about a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”
And it went for it again and again. Warren does not like sexist billionaires.
Bloomberg’s best moment was when he was not the focus of attention. Ouch!
Warren also punched hard at the other candidates:
- ‘[Mayor Pete’s healthcare plan is ] “not a plan. It’s a PowerPoint.”
- “And Amy’s plan is even less. It’s like a Post-It note, ‘Insert Plan Here.'”
That’s a skillful combo-punch that landed hard.
Mayor Pete tried to make it into a joke: “I’m more of a Microsoft Word guy”
— Erika Hall (@mulegirl) February 20, 2020
Amy tried to laugh it off: “Post-It Notes were invented in my state!”
Mayor Pete also connected a combo-punch: he suggested Democrats should “put forward someone who’s actually a Democrat” — you could see Mikey and Bernie both flinch. Another one from Pete:
“We shouldn’t have to choose between one candidate who wants to burn this party down and another candidate who wants to buy this party out.”
Mayor Pete again: “This is a race for president. If winning a race for Senate in Minnesota translated directly to becoming president, I would have grown up under the presidency of Walter Mondale.” — He just lost any support from Minnesota in the general.
We could recap with a long list of really good jabs and zingers, but you’ll find those everywhere.
So if I had to pick Winners and Losers:
- Lord Dampnut — the candidates did not go after him, even with all the DOJ and pardons in the news!
- Warren — she showed she is a fighter; she needed a TKO last night, and she got it.
- Sanders — Except for Mayor Pete, no one went after him much.
- Bloomberg — I was waiting for him to burst open and candies to fall on the crowd. Whoever did his debate prep needs to up their game, he probably should have demurred from participating. Also: he needs to work on his timing. His attempt at self-deprecating jokes ended up just dripping with condescension.
Bloomberg: Has anyone lost more money gambling in Vegas? #DemDebate
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) February 20, 2020
- NBC — five moderators were way too many. Upchuck Todd lost control of the candidates at the very start and did not ever regain it; Upchuck kept talking over the candidates telling them he’d get to them, so you could not clearly hear the answers to the questions he asked. Chris Matthews in the spin room was his usual amoral self and I couldn’t turn it off fast enough.