Three themes I’m watching outside the Sanders-Warren matching:
Of the more moderate candidates on stage tonight—Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; former Maryland Rep. John Delaney; ex-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and even South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg—who tries to capitalize by directly taking on Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren?
And, are Sanders and Warren equally targeted by the others? Or, does the criticism of their progressive politics fall harder on one? We’ve already seen Hickenlooper take on both—Sanders over his adherence to democratic socialism and Warren for her growing and expensive list of priorities (Warren says she has a way to pay for everything).
How does tonight’s grouping in Detroit—all 10 of whom are white in a field that includes at least five candidates of color—confront issues of race after President Donald Trump’s attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings, Baltimore and “The Squad?”
Do they engage, and, if so, who emerges from the Buttigieg-O’Rourke matching?