I watched the first fifteen minutes and again it was a joint press conference, so I didn’t really see the need to hang around and wait for Chris Matthews to tell me who won, lost, or floated to the top.
For what it’s worth, here’s TPM’s four key takeaways from the debate.
On the heels of a day stuffed with explosive developments in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, which produced positive returns for the Democratic party‘s impeachment effort, 2020 Democrats coalesced in Atlanta and highlighted the fractures in the party’s views on key issues.
The atmosphere of the fifth Democratic debate stage on Wednesday evening was remarkably more quaint and noticeably more jovial than previous debates. While candidates’ attacks on one another were direct and blunt, the 10 on stage voluntarily offered each other support on several occasions and even traded their fair share of lighthearted jabs.
But the moderators asked substantive questions, and a few key candidates were clearly more rehearsed than they’ve been in the past four parleys.
Make of it what you will.