The end of Michael Bloomberg in 2:19.pic.twitter.com/nN0pGwhkBu
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) February 20, 2020
The Guardian‘s liveblog summary, which pretty well encapsulated what I’m seeing elsewhere:
Elizabeth Warren made a strong showing, criticizing rivals with well-prepared remarks. Her campaign reported record fundraising during the debate. Facing his opponents for the first time on the debate stage, Mike Bloomberg found himself fending off attacks from every angle. The candidates questioned his record on race and policing, as well allegations that he encouraged a hostile work environment for women. Bernie Sanders, who is leading in polls, cruised through. He briefly faced criticism over his supporters’ online attacks and said he disapproved of such behavior and disowned those who acted inappropriately. Moderates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar were at each other’s throats vyying to lead the middle lane. Joe Biden generally failed to breakthrough.
Warren & Biden were fighting for their political lives & showed it. Strong performances. Bloomberg will have to up his spending to make up for a v-bad night. Reversal on Klobuchar/Buttigieg: She beat him in NH; he beat her tonight. Bernie took some blows but rolled on.#DemDebate
— EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) February 20, 2020
It has to be a first that women finished 1-2 in speaking time for a debate. pic.twitter.com/jlG3oHOj0Y
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 20, 2020
This is good advice and the media shouldn't proclaim Bloomberg's campaign dead (or anything close) without seeing the evidence.
But also it wasn't clear how alive Bloomberg's campaign was in the first place and the media may have jumped the gun in proclaiming him a frontrunner. https://t.co/I7QL7rBCDG
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) February 20, 2020
the DNC rigged the primary against Bloomberg by changing the rules to get him in the debate, where they knew he’d get the shit beat out of him. and honestly, I’m thankful
— The Online-Normie Complex (@canderaid) February 20, 2020
Hadn't occurred to me Bloomberg would serve as a good billionaire Trump proxy in a way Steyer (a nice-seeming super-progressive guy) isn't at all, offering the others a perfect chance to show how hard they can throw down against Trump in the general. He's been a gift to Warren.
— Will Wilkinson 🌐 (@willwilkinson) February 20, 2020
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 20, 2020
Bloomberg’s media people are really good at their jobs and the dem nominee should probably hire them.
— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) February 20, 2020
Re: zesty debates. 2016 GOP debates were insane and GOP nominee won. 2008 Obama and Clinton debates were pretty spicy and the Democrat won. Bush and McCain almost came to blows in 2000 & W won. In ‘92 Bill Clinton & Jerry Brown did not speak in gentle tones of mutual admiration
— John Dickerson (@jdickerson) February 20, 2020
— Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) February 20, 2020
Another person who told me just yesterday about the excitement for Bloomberg among longtime Democratic donors and supporters looking for an alternative to Biden just texted me:
"Cannot read texts as I am packing to move to Canada"
— Michelle Ye Hee Lee (@myhlee) February 20, 2020
Still pretty wild she came right out and admitted they harass people as a matter of campaign strategy.
— DSA Pinkerton Caucus (@agraybee) February 20, 2020
Press analysis: Bernie was on the defensive, but also nobody attacked him. pic.twitter.com/IgYhilu6t7
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) February 20, 2020
Sanders fanboi –
They might want to play nice the rest of the debate, this is so bad Bloomberg might just go third party
— David Dayen (@ddayen) February 20, 2020
NYTimes reporter –
yall there's a debate next week a vote on Saturday and then like a bunch of votes after that. Narratives from early 2019 debates lasted a month. These wont last a Scaramucci
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) February 20, 2020