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After a robust debate in which he ripped into “unfettered capitalism,” @BernieSanders is back... with a late Tuesday night endorsement from @IlhanMN and news that endorsements are expected in coming days from @RashidaTlaib and @AOC.https://t.co/zgmyrjsX6V— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) October 16, 2019
My most surprising friendship was with Dracula, a really nice guy once you get to know him, even though he's a Republican.— (((Katha Pollitt))) (@KathaPollitt) October 16, 2019
I cannot believe @KamalaHarris is pushing this suspend Donald Trump's twitter account bullshit at a presidential debate. It's so small ball. She is bigger and better than this.— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) October 16, 2019
Mayor Pete continues to define himself in opposition to the candidate offering radical, wholly unrealistic signature proposals— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) October 16, 2019
Warren pretty much vanished from debate when it turned to foreign policy — not her strength or interest and nobody even bothering to attack her on the subject— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) October 16, 2019
Of course, the substance of Biden's answer there could have been the substance of GWB's answer there. Which is kind of why Biden lost to Obama the first time.— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) October 16, 2019
“I’m proud of the judgment he made” is not the sound bite Biden should have been going for here.— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) October 16, 2019
Small-dollar grassroots campaigns, aka what Buttegieg insults here as “pocket change,” out-fundraise him by millions. Our nation’s leaders should be working to end the era of big money politics, not protect it. & Beto’s gun policy isn’t “picking a fight,” it’s taking a stand. https://t.co/a6k7rgXHiD— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 14, 2019
Buttigieg claimed in a conversation on the Snapchat show "Good Luck America" that: “My competitors can go with whatever strategy they like, but we're going to make sure that we have the resources to compete because we are going up against the sitting president of the United States.”
Arguing that Trump “has tremendous amounts of support and allies at his back,” the mayor said, “we're not going to beat him with pocket change.”
Democratic strategist Rebecca Katz warned that Buttigieg’s message could hurt with grassroots activists who have kept Warren and Sanders at the top of the fundraising competition in recent months. "This is legit insulting to the millions of folks who are participating in the process and giving what they can.” Noting that Sanders raised $25.3 million and Warren $24.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, while Buttigieg took just $19.1 million during the same period, Katz pointed out that “small dollar donors powered the two candidates who out raised Pete last quarter.”
But I'm also going to be paying closer attention this time to Booker and Julian Castro.
Here's the story I promised, via @DispatchAlerts.There's videos and more on @JulianCastro visiting @LetEdithStay in sanctuary at a Columbus church. Don't miss him and others on the #DemDebate stage tonight in Westerville, Ohio (near Columbus).https://t.co/m4jOpHV6Nb — Danae King (@DanaeKing) October 15, 2019
I'm looking for Dems to talk about the courts. And, failing that, I'm looking for them to talk about nuking the filibuster. And, failing that, I'm looking for them to talk about trapping Mitch McConnell in the Phantom Zone like he's General Zod. And, failing all that, I guess I just want to see them all dunk on Tulsi Gabbard.
So let’s start with Gabbard and Steyer: Is Gabbard gonna go all out against Senator Kamala Harris again, to have more claims debunked by fact-checkers but go viral and disable a woman rival? Or is she gunning for another middle-tier candidate this time? Most important: How will she talk about what’s happening to the Kurds at the hands of Syrian and Turkish leaders right now?
Can Tom Steyer do more for his impeachment crusade than he could have done with well-conceived commercials produced by his organization “Need to Impeach”? This feels like vanity; he will not be the nominee. Can he convince us otherwise?
Now back to the candidates who (clearly) matter? Will Joe Biden and/or Bernie Sanders go after Elizabeth Warren, who is eating their lunch lately and rising steadily in the polls (she's ahead of both men in recent days). And can Kamala Harris do something—with policy or with ferocity—that vaults her back into the top tier?