Drunkblogging the First Democratic Debate: Night Two

Last night, ten Democratic presidential candidates entered the debate ring, and ten walked out. Because sadly, this isn't Thunderdome.

Tonight, ten more candidates will enter the debate ring, I assume because of some kind of mad cloning experiment gone horribly wrong.

As luck of the draw would have it -- or so they claim -- the first night was the Kiddie Table Debate, but tonight we get a higher proportion of heavy hitters in the mix.

The result is that I'm engaging in an unprecedented debate drunkblog two-night marathon, because I might not be the blogger Americans deserve, but apparently I'm the blogger America needs.

If there's a cocktail you need, take care of business quickly, because the drunkblog begins...

...now.

So that happened.

After two night, any big conclusions to draw?

No, not really.

Biden is still at the top of his game, if that's your thing. Buttigieg remains formidable, Harris is savvy-but-not-always-convincing, Warren is treading water, Bernie is Bernie, and the rest of the field is mostly punchlines.

Not funny punchlines, but still.

The primary is going to be a long, hard slog, I think.

If I were the DNC, I'd be thinking very hard about what muscle I could use to gently force out the punchlines before they do serious damage to public perceptions of today's Democratic Party. Gently enough not to piss off vital demos, but forceful enough to get the job done -- that's a difficult needle to thread.

But mostly what I come away with is this: The punchlines are the modern Democratic Party, or soon will be once that "torch" falls out of Biden's "cold, dead hands," or gets pried out by some younger contender.

It's a little sad, a little frightening, but a fine reason to drink.

So we've got that going for us. Which is nice.

For now.

Cheers!

Big closes...

Biden: I'm not Trump. I'm White Obama.

Big closes...

Sanders: THESE PEOPLE HERE DON'T CHANGE THE THINGS I'D CHANGE LIKE POVERTY AND DEBT AND I HAVE ANSWER AND CHANGE AND GUTS AND VOLUME. COMRADES, GOODNIGHT.

Big closes...

Buttigieg: I have experience.

Big closes...

Harris: I will prosecute Donald Trump because I'm not a witch -- I'm you.

Big closes...

Yang: "I am proof that democracy still works," despite never having been elected to anything.

Big closes...

Gillibrand: Women rock!

Big closes...

Hickenlooper: I was a progressive governor, so please forgive me for being white and straight and male.

Big closes...

Bennet: Colorado legalized weed and I am, too.

Big closes...

Williamson: This interpretive dance will explain my view on Donald Trump.