Democratic Debate, Round 2: What To Expect When You're Lamenting

Former Vice President Joe Biden mimics shooting a gun as he speaks at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership, on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Well, it’s time for the second round of the first Democratic debate. After last night’s glitch- and interruption-riddled debacle, one can only hope that tonight’s is even more of a trainwreck. The same rules for viewing will apply as last night: NBC-exclusive, so catch it at 9/8c on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo.

Tonight’s cast features the Democratic front-runner, Joe Biden, along with Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Michael Bennett, Marianne Williamson, Kirsten Gillibrand, Andrew Yang, John Hickenlooper, and Eric Swalwell.

As last night’s was Elizabeth Warren’s to lose (and I maintain she almost did by not winning it outright), so too is tonight’s Biden’s to lose. Despite a full assault from major media outlets, Biden has stayed on top in polling, but he has to deal with Bernie Sanders, who leads the far-left progressives, and Kamala Harris, who will try to take up the middle ground between the two.

Buttigieg could also make a stand here after taking a beating over his handling of Black Lives Matter protestors, but the rest of the slate is just there as a recognition of their fundraising and name-recognition efforts thus far. It’s very difficult to see any of them making a good impression – though one could have argued the same about John Delaney before last night’s debate.

Here at RedState, we will also be covering the debate on our front page with live commentary. If you check out RedState’s contributor list on Twitter, you’ll get live updates from many of us there as well.

Prepare your drinks now, friends. It’s going to be a long night.