democratic debate

March 16, 2020

11th Democratic Debate: Even-Handed & Calmer

This may be the last Democratic Party Primary Debate.  Moved from my hometown of Phoenix to Washington DC – with minimal staffing and no audience.
March 10, 2020

11th DemDebate – Back to Civility?

CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash, “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper, and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos will serve as moderators for this week’s Democratic presidential debate in […]
February 26, 2020

10th Democratic Presidential Debate: Free-For-All!

The 10th Democratic Debate was a free-for-all vs. a moderated debate.  Candidates put a big bulls-eye on Sanders and Bloomberg, jumped in without being recognized, talked […]
February 20, 2020

9th Democratic Presidential Primary Debate: The Gloves Are Off!

NBC/MSNBC wanted and expected big ratings with the introduction of Bloomberg to the Democratic Presidential Primary stage.  So the moderators set the tone with a new […]
February 8, 2020

8th Democratic Debate: Best So Far Despite Burnout

The 8th Democratic Presidential Primary Debate was interesting…although not a whole lot of people were watching.  Perhaps it’s a case of political burnout from the State […]
February 5, 2020

8th Democratic Primary Debate Drama: More Spats, Snubs & Snipes

Aaahhh, the drama we have had this week: The literal tearing of the State of the Union speech, the interminable wait for the Iowa Caucus results, […]
January 15, 2020

7th Democratic Presidential Debate Moderators Stoked the Fire Resulting in a Spat

The 7th Democratic Primary Presidential Debate of 2020 will be known for the Sanders/Warren “spat” about Sanders’ (leaked) comment about whether a woman could win the […]
December 20, 2019

Sixth Democratic Presidential Debate – Controlled Questions = No Debate

The 6th Democratic Presidential Debate was tightly controlled with the debate moderators asking very pointed questions. Unfortunately, they (for the most part) didn’t reinforce the expectation […]
December 13, 2019

Sixth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate – Balanced Yet Boring

Next week’s Democratic Presidential debate will be overshadowed by the impeachment proceedings.  Even though the “historically diverse field” has narrowed to seven, I predict that it […]
November 21, 2019

Fifth Democratic Presidential Debate – A Shallow, Stale Ping Pong Match

This week’s impeachment hearings overshadowed tonight’s Democratic Presidential Debate.  So if you didn’t see the debate, you didn’t miss much.
September 13, 2019

Round 3 – Democratic National Debate….was NOT (really) a Debate!

Nope.  It was a carefully scripted round of questions posed to the candidates (for the most part).
September 3, 2019

What Exactly is a Presidential Debate Rules Analyst?

Since I have proclaimed myself as the 2019-20 Presidential Debate Rules Analyst, a few people have asked what that actually IS.
July 26, 2019

Debate Moderator Survivor 2020 – Democratic Presidential Debate Edition!

It’s tribal council time for Survivor 2020 – Democratic Presidential Candidate Edition!  The DNC wants to winnow the slate of candidates – so don’t be surprised […]
June 28, 2019

A Feeding Frenzy: The Second Night of the First Democratic Primary Debate

As I predicted, round two of the first Democratic Primary Debate was more feisty.  Moderator Lester Holt called it “spirited.”  I’ll call it a feeding frenzy […]
June 13, 2019

“A Panel of Five” Moderators for the First Democratic Primary Debate!?

NBC just announced “a panel of five” moderators for the first Democratic Primary Debate:
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