Last night rang in the first democratic debate for the 2020 presidential election. Of the 24 candidates, 20 qualified for the debates. Only 20 🙄.
What happened to the missing four?
Three of the disqualified did not meet the strict qualification standards, which include, but are not limited to:
- Garnering 1% support in three polls approved by the Democratic committee
- Raising money from a certain number of donors, divided by an exact number equalling a minimum number of states, corresponding with the combined total of the weight and age of the candidate on the last date when the phase of the moon was a waxing gibbous.
The fourth guy entered the race too late to qualify.
- Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton,
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock,
- Miramar, Florida Mayor, Wayne Messam
- Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak
That leaves twenty, twenty candidates for the Democratic nomination, mwahaha.
Twenty is too big a number for one debate, so the candidates were divided into two groups of ten.
- Pescatarians and carnivores over 65” tall and vegans and vegetarians under 65” tall and anyone with a food allergy was selected for night 1, and…
- Vegans and vegetarians over 65” tall, carnivores and pescatarians under 65” tall, and anyone with any food intolerance that is not an allergy, per se would debate on night two—
- Or, the candidates polling above 2 percent and those polling below 2 percent and a drawing to randomly split the candidates in each group between the two nights.
Last nights lineup was: Warren, O’Rourke, Booker, Castro, Gabbard, Inslee, Klobuchar, de Blasio, Delaney, and Ryan
The debate was set up as follows: a moderator would ask a particular question of a specific candidate; they would get one minute, one minute to answer, mwahaha.
Other candidates were allowed a 30-second follow-up. Then on to another candidate, rinse, repeat.
Sound fair? In theory, it is, but as I watched, I thought hmm, that bald guy who keeps interrupting everyone, (Delaney), isn’t getting any time; and hmm, Cory Booker is talking again.
I conferred with my staff- daughter #2, and three my dogs, and we agreed the time was not equal— someone on the world wide web charted and confirmed my hypothesis.
Regardless of the disparity, I gave each candidate my undivided attention. I immediately conjectured that some should go back to their day jobs. (Vote blue, no matter which.)
Of the first ten, who did I like?
— who cares, amirite? (Warren)
Who do you prefer?
If you missed it, here is a link to view the full: First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate On MSNBC, Night One: