Democratic Debate or Schoolyard Fight?

The second set of DNC primary debates came and went, but not without creating some memorable moments — and sparking drama. If you didn’t watch the entirety (or any) of it, we don’t blame you. Initially scheduled for two hours, each night went on for nearly three. Part of the ridiculous longevity is due to the first 25 minutes of time wasted on introducing the show and the candidates!

You probably didn’t have the time (or the will) to sit through six hours of Dems squabbling with each other. So, we’ve gone to the arduous task of breaking down the highlights (??) of each night for you. We’ll show you who the main rivals were, some notable mentions, and the rest that you’ll probably forget about in a couple of weeks.

Let’s get started!

Night One: Rivals

The mainstream media has pitted Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) against each other for months. Surprisingly, they didn’t fight at all during the first night. In fact, the two most progressive candidates worked together to defend the socialist-inspired policies they have in common. Even if Sanders and Warren didn’t work together, they still outclassed everyone else on stage.

Night One: Notable Mentions

On the note of Sanders and Warren defending each others’ policies, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) tried to “call out” Sanders on his Medicare-for-All bill. Ryan tried to tell Sanders he didn’t know if the bill would give full coverage to seniors — Sanders replied “I do know! I wrote the damn bill!” This is definitely the juiciest sound bite from the first night.

Marianne Williamson and her crazy new age spiritual antics ignited the stage a few times. She threw in Trump’s apparent shortcomings when addressing the water crisis in Flint, Michigan; Williamson couldn’t resist bringing race into the picture and the “dark psychic force of collectivized hatred” Trump is creating. Maybe the Dems brought Williamson along to make the rest of them seem a little less crazy by comparison.

Night One: The Rest

Pete Buttigieg had a surprisingly lackluster performance in spite of his popularity. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) could barely form coherent sentences at all, especially by the end of the night. The remaining candidates on stage never broke out and should drop out of the race soon.

Night Two: Rivals

Former VP Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) had a race-related back and forth during the first debates. That topic didn’t take up much airtime this go-round, though. Instead, nearly every candidate attacked Biden over multiple issues when they smelled blood in the water. There were even chanting protestors in the crowd when Biden spoke a few times!

Biden and Harris still went at it on stage, but Biden had a slightly better showing in comparison.

Night Two: Notable Mentions

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) experienced a few awkward moments when other candidates patronized him at random. Harris softly greeted Booker with “Hey buddy!” during their introductions when Booker took his spot next to Biden. Later in the night, Biden reached over and touched Booker’s arm while giving a false endorsement of his eventual presidency while discussing criminal justice reformation.

How embarrassing!

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang had his mic turned off multiple times during the last debates hosted by NBC. This time CNN gave Yang a working microphone to talk with, which resulted in him having one of the best showings on the debate floor. Yang is looking to qualify for the September debates, so keep an eye on his media presence as the 2020 race pushes forward.

Night Two: The Rest

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) continued to lash out against the endless wars, but her performance was flat and uninspiring. Washington Governor Jay Inslee brought up some thought-provoking points while also suffering from a lack of charisma. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) acted like he was sleep deprived with his strange sentences and awkward pauses as he gazed into the distance. We weren’t sure if Bennet was done with his point or lost in his own thoughts.

All-in-all, the second DNC primary debates were simultaneously entertaining and too drawn-out. Of course, there was plenty of unwarranted Trump-bashing; but, those moments took a backstage in light of audience protestors and firey commentary. Thankfully, there will only be about eight DNC candidates during the September debate, so we’ll all be a little less exhausted after watching it!

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