Primeblog: The TPM Team’s Quick Reactions To Night 2 Of The Dem Debates

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June 27, 2019 10:50 pm

11:10 p.m. 
David Kurtz: 
“Moderating a ten-way debate two nights in a row is not a thing that humans can do and we should never try it again.” – debate moderator Rachel Maddow


10:53 p.m. 
David Taintor: 
Marianne Williams pledges to bring love to a duel with Donald Trump. OK.

10:50 p.m. 
Tierney Sneed: 
When the candidates were going down the line naming their first priority if elected, only Pete Buttigieg said democracy reform. In one sense he would be taking a page out the Republican playbook (albeit a playbook that wants to take the country in the opposite direction). When Republicans started taking full control of states after the 2010 wave, often a top priority for those state houses was passing restrictive voting laws like voter ID. As voting rights become a more prominent issue in Democratic politics, will other candidates besides Buttigieg also learn that lesson?

10:36 p.m. 
David Taintor: 
Meanwhile, Marianne Williamson pivots to … the moon landing.

10:35 p.m. 
John Light: 
Though the point feels fair. Obama did not get a price on carbon through in his first term, but in his second he went hard on climate change through executive action. That got us the soon-to-be-replaced Clean Power Plan — and the Paris Agreement was no small feat.

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