My thoughts re the first night of the Democratic Presidential Debate.
Too many candidates. Ten last night. Ten more this evening.
Three stood out.
Elizabeth Warren. Outstanding in every respect. It was expected of her and she disappointed no one.
Julian Castro. Came out of the blue. Smart, articulate, fearless. He will move up in the polls. My sense is he could take on Trump and defeat him. David and Goliath. Physically and mentally.
Corey Booker. Going to be difficult to knock him over. A smart guy. Personal. He weaves his roots into many of his responses.
There is one candidate who got lost in the mass. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. He has accomplished much in New York City. He took its problems by the horns and came up with several significant solutions. He sees where others do not and has the capacity to come up with new and fresh programs that work.
Unfortunately, he will not go far in the Presidential race. The way it is.
Comment is required re the moderators.
The first group consisted of Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Jose Diaz-Balart. They did a poor job. They were like school teachers trying to keep what they anticipated would be a rambunctious group of students in line.
The way they questioned, insisted on keeping to the schedule, nastily cutting off candidates, created a not needed tension. They forgot one of the candidates might be President and all should be accorded respect with that in mind.
The second group of moderators were Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow. Performed in an outstanding fashion. Kept the mood light. Permitted a bit of rambling. Made a sincere attempt to allow followup questions by the candidates themselves. Showed respect for the candidates.
Tonight another group of 10. The luck of the draw has pitted most of the leading candidates in this group. The evening should be interesting.
Enjoy your day.