There are just too many candidates for these debates to be useful. I get that everyone should get a shot, but after this round, we need to whittle the field to a healthy 6 or 7. Not 25.
I also don’t care for the draw (which was random).
Tonight, in order of their placement onstage, left to right:
Spiritualist and author Marianne Williamson;
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio;
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.;
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg;
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.;
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.;
former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas;
former Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.;
former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md.; and
Gov. Steve Bullock, D-Mont.
So basically, Warren and Sanders tonight — Harris and Biden tomorrow night… just like before. I would VERY MUCH like to see Warren, Sanders, Harris and Biden (and one or two others) on the same stage… and that’s it!
Anyway, this is the last chance for some of the second and third tier candidates to “break out”, and they all know it. And I think they will try to do so at the expense of Sanders and Warren. Which means, a lot of time wasted by pre-planned attacks by people who have no chance of getting the nomination, even if those attacks land.
I guess I’ll be watching.