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CNN Debate: You're a Frontrunner When Everyone Takes a Swing at You.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 27: Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) Marianne Williamson, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, former tech executive Andrew Yang, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) take part in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Actions speak volumes over words, and the punches thrown by the Democratic presidential candidates at Elizabeth Warren tonight scream, “She’s the frontrunner!”  I don’t give a shit how often they say, “Polls don’t matter!  I meet all kinds of people out on the campaign trail…blah, blah, blah.”  The rest of the crowd on that stage tonight admitted that Warren is the frontrunner.  

Except for maybe Booker, Sanders, and Steyer, everyone else took swipes at Warren.

So that is one of the big take aways tonight.

Next, everyone of the candidates and their supporters will agree with this:  CNN and the debate format sucked.  Twelve candidates on a stage was god awful.  It allowed only the most nimble to get a plug in.  And 75 seconds to respond to a question?  OMG.

And for progressives like me, you knew some awful Republican talking points were on their way, and CNN and the NYT did not disappoint.  How are you going to pay for Medicare for All?  No one every asks Republicans how do they pay for wars and tax cuts to the wealthy.  Want questions that sick centrists on progressives?  Sure, you can rely on Anderson Cooper to ask Biden how Sanders and Warren are going to win in November with their radical ideas!

The Republican talking point questions are going to go on, and on, and on like the Energizer Bunny.

The only bit of good news is maybe, just maybe, we won’t have to see some of these candidates again on stage in the next debate.  And it will piss some of their supporters on Daily Kos off, but I don’t care.  I will not miss Amy Klobuchar and Tulsi Gabbard.  

Klobuchar decided to go out swinging, and it didn’t help her at all IMHO. 

Gabbard is a fringe candidate who spews Republican talking ponts, and Hawaii can do better.

Booker is trying to be Mr. Nice guy, and he seems to be.  But he is not going anywhere.

Castro had some moments, but he is not going anywhere either.  And I do wish him well.

I would argue to keep Beto around if ONLY to get under Buttigieg’s skin.

Yes, Buttigieg supporters.  You’re candidate is rubbing everyone the wrong way with his superior attitude.  And I thought it was we progressives who had the superior attitude down to a T, according to everyone else who is not a progressive that is.  

I’m not sure what the attraction for Yang is TBH.  He is not a serious candidate, but that is just my opinion.  And like assholes, everyone has one.

Steyer is OK, but do we need another candidate on the stage?

Harris had her moments, but like all the other candidates, the time limitations cut againt her.

I have a soft spot for Sanders, and even for a man who just had a heart attack, he made some great points.

As for Biden, you all know my opinion of him.

Anyway, that is my rant for tonight.

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