The fourth Democrat Presidential debate starts in one-half hour, at 8:00PM ET. Again, CNN says, the debate will be hosted exclusively on CNN.com’s homepage, and 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. (Readers may come up with alternative streaming sites; I had no problem with CNN. Very much unlike MSNBC!) Here is a link to last night’s live blog, which gives images of the outside and inside of the venue.
Readers, this will be a truly open thread, as I cannot be present to watch and curate. Here’s tonight’s card:
- Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
- Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro
- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
- Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
- New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
- California Sen. Kamala Harris
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
- Businessman Andrew Yang
Last night’s debate ended up being a three-tier event, with Sanders and Warren being attacked by a gaggle of faceless centrists (egged on by the moderators), and the established candidates like O’Rourke and Buttigieg essentially standing aside. It’s hard to look at the list above, and see it separating into layers in the same way; there aren’t enough faceless centrists for the moderators to egg on; only Bennet, I suppose. Not Deblasio: “John Delaney was a friend of mine. Mayor, you’re no John Delaney.” Of course, it would be fun to see Biden and Harris create a bloody tableau of mutual destruction, rather like the final scene of Hamlet (“so shall you hear Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts, Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters, Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause, And, in this upshot, purposes mistook Fall’n on the inventors’ heads”) but who knows? Maybe, as the front-runners, they’ll team up against the others, much as Warren and Sanders did. Beyond that, I’d very much like to see Inslee get his footing, since his Green New Deal plan really is the most comprehensive, and I’d like to see Tulsi Gabbard survive, for her message of sanity on foreign policy.
Finally, I’ll repeat the suggestions for Matt Taibbi and his followers for drinking games:
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
I’d suggest “folks,” and Biden saying “Barack” (as opposed to “Obama” or “President Obama”).