Before the debate, I asked five questions. Here are the five answers:
#1 No, Biden wasn’t a deer in the headlights
He wasn’t good. He wasn’t frequently coherent. Most of his statistics were wrong. If you weren’t for Biden before the debate began, you aren’t for him now. But the looks of confusion that plagued him in the first debate and the CNN climate change event weren’t there.
It’s hard to see how he lost many votes. He aggressively challenged Sanders and Warren to explain how they’re paying for Medicare for All. Julian Castro attempted to call Biden out for not remembering what he’d said two minutes before. Not only did Castro look mean, but when they went to the postgame replay, it turns out Biden’s memory was better than Castro’s hearing.
#2 No, Warren was not ruffled
Biden was the only candidate to go after Warren, and in terms of present verbal skill, that’s like a mouse attacking an elephant. She sailed through the evening mostly unscathed. Nothing happened to harm her top tier status.
I don’t think she gained anything though. And for reasons that mystify me, she’s completely unwilling to directly answer questions about the tax impact of her health care proposals on middle class voters.Continue reading “Debate Recap: Five Answers”