Kamala Harris’ playbook was clear: Attack Biden, attack Biden, attack Biden. But you wonder if the folks watching at home — to the extent they felt like watching three hours — started to tire of her relentless focus on Biden. https://t.co/y3nen4iAmA— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) August 1, 2019
OUCH. https://t.co/ZXkeToMVXd— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 1, 2019
Axelrod said, “I think the good news for Joe Biden is this was maybe the best he could do, and the bad news is this may be the best he could do. He was much better than last time. He was much more engaged. But…he had moments in which he was uncertain, where he was on the defensive. And the main thing is, he was the guy who was going to take on Trump and bring it to Trump and restore values and decency. That was what — that’s where he started in this race. Tonight, he had to be a gut fighter, and I think he paid some price for that.”
The issue of abortion rights received almost no attention during the second round of the #DemDebate outside of cursory references to being "pro-choice", even as Democrats have shifted to the left on abortion ahead of the election.https://t.co/HQLKdaypi0— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 1, 2019
Joe Biden won that debate.— Ali Alexander (@ali) August 1, 2019
Cory Booker may have placed second. Or Tulsi Gabbard. Honorable mention: Bennet, deBlasio, Inslee.
Kamala Harris was the big underperformer. Even CNN is saying so right now, copying me. #DemDebate2
A great and true line. https://t.co/xX98caLL5I— David French (@DavidAFrench) August 1, 2019
🤥🤥🤥🤥— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) August 1, 2019
Kamala Harris continues to lie about President Trump's tax cuts for middle class American families. Four Pinocchios! https://t.co/jNQmyKnwcu
I don’t pretend to know which ones will get a bump, and how big the bumps are. I will say that not enough happened in this debate to dramatically shuffle the deck. Biden was battered for two hours but it reinforced his frontrunner status. #DemDebate— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) August 1, 2019
That’s the new thing at the #DemDebate2: If they get called on a lie they call it “Republicans talking points.”— City Girl (@ConservCityGirl) August 1, 2019
Biden escapes mostly unscathed, compared to last time. He still does not strike me as a strong, confident, sharp candidate.— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) August 1, 2019
Rough night for Harris, punctuated by the Tulsi hit.
Booker will probably get a bump.
Castro still on track for VP finalist.
Thank goodness it’s over.
Good night for Biden (he took a licking but...) and Booker/Castro, who had their moments.— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) August 1, 2019
Gabbard/Yang did well, but probably doesn't matter.
Not good for Harris, bad for Gillibrand.
Usual caveat: My take only. No idea of impact on polls. Debates in July '19 don't mean much.
So Joe Biden just said his goal is to bankrupt coal, fracking and the fossil fuel industry and virtually every Democrat on stage agreed with him.— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) August 1, 2019
But yes, these Dems will be able to beat Trump in the rust belt. 🙄🙄🙄
CNN just had Jennifer Granholm on their post-debate panel gushing about Joe Biden's performance.— Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) August 1, 2019
They failed to mention that she was part of the Biden debate prep team. https://t.co/qDv5JRDnM7 pic.twitter.com/hIJEAD4rA4