The third Democrat Presidential debate starts in one-half hour, at 8:00PM ET. CNN says, one hopes not entirely truthfully, that the debates “will air on CNN and will stream live in their entirety, without requiring log-in to a cable provider, to CNN.com’s homepage, across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV.” What next? Pay-per-view? Please, can we have the League of Women Voters back?
Here is CNN’s game show-like set:
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) July 29, 2019
I understand CNN intends, for the first time, to begin with the national anthem. Sadly, there will be no military fly-by.
Here is the outside of the hall:
— The Root (@TheRoot) July 30, 2019
Could there be a message here?
Please add your comments as the debate proceeds!
Of the two debates, tomorrow’s top card, Biden v. Harris, will surely be the most fun — both candidates have lovely smiles — but neither, if chosen, would change the direction or the institutional structure of the Democrat Party significantly. By contrast, Sanders v. Warren pits a democratic socialist against a candidate who is “capitalist to her bones,” and pits a candidate whose theory of change is to bring a new base of working class voters into the political process against a candidate whose theory of change is to further energize the party’s existing, professional base (see Thomas Frank). Sanders, as victor in the general, would necessarily change the structure of the Party, simply to avoid a second #Resistance. He would also change the Party’s direction, with a focus on delivering universal concrete material benefits like #MedicareForAll or the Green New Deal. Warren, as victor, could expect a much less rocky transition with the party apparatchiks. She too would change the party’s direction, but toward more “regulation” of “the market.” It’s not clear to me that “the market” has earned the deference Warren gives it, or that her theory of change is commensurate to the challenges that the country faces. (In other words, the pervasive storyline that Sanders and Warren are both in the “progressive” box — whatever “progressive” means — is a steaming load. Sanders and Warren are very different candidates.)
Then again, life is full of surprises. Perhaps Sanders and Warren will simply circle the ring, and all the action will be on the undercard. It would be entertaining and surprising to see O’Rourke take down Buttigieg, for example. Or maybe Williamson will knock out Klobuchar!
That will have to do for a cheat sheet. From Matt Taibbi for your drinking (or toking) game, a thread:
About to file drinking game rules for the debate. In addition to things like “existential threat” and “I have a plan,” any suggestions?
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) July 30, 2019