“I tell you it’s wonderful to be here, man. I don’t give a damn who wins or loses. It’s just wonderful to be here with you people…” — Hunter Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Festivities begin at 8:30PM on CNN; here’s the live stream. Bob from Legal suggests, by which I mean demands, that I should never recommend that anybody drink, let alone drive, not even after a Presidential debate. (And you, you kids. Get outta Dad’s liquor cabinet!) That said, there are some OK #DemDebate drinking games from Alternet, Newsweek, International Business Times, and Time, not to mention those that NC readers themselves came up with this morning. However, most of the drinking games this round seem uninspired to me; it’s almost as if they’re designed to get you, reader, hammered, as opposed to getting you hammered by calling out in advance, with superb accuracy, the tropes that are mostly likely to be used in the debate.
The #DemDebate bingo cards are much better. Here are four of the best (and others at the Daily Iowan and CNN itself). Some of the Tweet images aren’t full size; click once on the image to get to Twitter, and then click again on the image in Twitter, to get a full size view.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) October 13, 2015
From the Los Angeles Times:
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) October 13, 2015
From Harvard’s Institute of Politics:
— InstituteOfPolitics (@HarvardIOP) October 13, 2015
From the Dallas Democrats:
— Dallas Democrats (@dallasdemocrats) October 11, 2015
Notice how the farther away you get to the Beltway, the more the actual policy issues come to the fore? The Dallas Democrats card is the only one to mention TPP. Ditto climate. Interestingly, however, both Vox and Dallas Democrats (“Break up the the banks,” and “Reform Wall Street”) target the FIRE sector.
There’s also something to be said about how two ironic meta-tropes — both drinking games and bingo cards are tropes for structuring and aggregating tropes — came to represent the discourse of the political class so well, but that is a topic for another time.
Finally, here are some live blogs:
As promised, here are some of my favorite tweets in the run-up to tonight’s Las Vegas broadcast:
— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) October 13, 2015
Sadly, that loveable goof Joe Biden hasn’t
milked the death of his son enough seen the other candidates damage each other enough decided to get into the race, and as of this writing won’t be debating tonight. (His PAC will, however, grace us with an ad immediately beforehand.) But CNN is prepared for a surprise appearance:
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 12, 2015
I love the carpet. It reminds me of Versailles. And then there’s this:
At the request of many, and even though I expect it to be a very boring two hours, I will be covering the Democrat Debate live on twitter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2015
.@realDonaldTrump Glad you'll be watching. It's going to be "huge."
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 13, 2015
Why, it’s almost like kayfabe‘s Face vs. Heel trope, isn’t it?
Finally, “7 Democratic Presidential Candidates As Represented by Sandwiches” from Food and Wine. Sanders: Bánh mì. Clinton: Subway.
[A Subway] sandwich will change however it must to suit your interests. You want meatballs? It’ll deliver meatballs. You want teriyaki chicken? You got it. Don’t like eating yoga mats? Gosh, sorry about that. Bread recipe: changed! It may not be the best sandwich you’ve had, but hey: It’s everywhere, and no matter what, you know you’re going to get stuck ordering this one.
Maybe. But maybe not!
NOTE Readers, I hope you’ll contribute your own reactions and hot takes as the debate proceeds. I can’t do a proper live blog because I have other tasks at hand tonight — besides pounding my head on my desk, that is — but I will check in frequently. I’ll also be listening — I really hope I don’t have to watch — the CNN feed, just so I don’t miss anything ZOMG!!!!!