Even CNN was not impressed with how their debate turned out
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While panels of CNN analysts and journalists had their opinion on the Democratic candidates who had done well in their debate, host Chris Cuomo said the best when he deduced that “the consensus, however, was that it was not the type of night of ambition we expected. One analyst was so upset that he said he was “discouraged.” This is not what the National Democratic Committee wanted to hear from entering Iowa caucuses.

The first to express his dissatisfaction with the debate was the former Obama adviser, David Axelrod. He thought that Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) and former Vice-President Joe Biden had their all-capable moments, but seemed disappointed that there were no “moments of fire” that stood out.

There have been confrontations but for some reason and it may be that people are uncomfortable in a race where people are generally appreciated to face people who could drive away second choices, chase the undecided,” he said.

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Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe was “surprised” and “shocked” by the candidates’ lack of aggression. “I want to say, this is the last blow you had to the Iowa caucus in three weeks. The first four, no one continued. I was really surprised by that. Joe Biden has been leading the race since entering it, nobody touched him tonight, nobody chased him. It was just shocking to me that this was your last shot to make a good impression before entering it.“, He lamented.

Most group members agreed with him when he noted that the debate did not change the dynamics of the race in any way, including chief political analyst Gloria Borger and the weekend activist / liberal activist. from CNN Van Jones.

“All right, of course, we’re all listening to you here, Anderson, it’s so interesting to have all these different perspectives on what happened. I think the consensus, however, is that it was not the type of night of ambition we expected. So the big question becomes, well, why, ”Cuomo said shortly after.

Cuomo met with chief political correspondent Dana Bash and political director David Chalian, who believed that there was no fire or displacement of needles. “Was it fiery? Could you feel the crackle here? No,Admitted Bash. Chalian added: “I don’t think anything has really changed tonight in this race and I recognize that caution has been the most active participant on the scene…

Jones was by far the most upset. “As a progressive, seeing these two having this level of vitriol was very disheartening“He lamented, speaking of the quarrel between Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders (VT). His emotions seemed lively as he feared that the democratic division would lead to the re-election of President Trump:

Democrats must do better than what we have tonight. I haven’t seen anything tonight that could get Donald Trump out. And I want to see a Democrat in the White House as soon as possible. There was nothing tonight that, if you look at this thing, you say “any of these people are ready for what Donald Trump is going to do for us.” And to see more division tonight is very disheartening.

Here’s CNN.

The transcript is below, click on “expand” to read:

CNN post-debate analysis
January 14, 2020
11:12:20 p.m. East

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DAVID AXELROD: I thought it was Elizabeth Warren’s best debate in several debates. She was consistent, strong, emphatic. I think she did what she came to do. As for the vice-president, his closing was very, very strong. You wonder where this energy is throughout the debate. There were times when it seemed, you know, very little energy.

And the debate itself, we expected fiery moments. There have been confrontations but for some reason and it may be that people are uncomfortable in a race where people are generally appreciated to face people who could drive away second choices, chase the undecided.

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TERRY MCAULIFFE: You know, I’m a little surprised. I thought it would be a much more aggressive debate tonight. I mean, it’s the last blow you had to the Iowa caucus in three weeks. The first four, no one continued. I was really surprised about that. Joe Biden has led the race since he entered it, no one touched him tonight, no one chased him. It was just shocking to me that this was your last shot to make a good impression before entering it.

I thought Pete was strong tonight. I thought he had a very good debate. I was very impressed with Tom Steyer. You know, I think there was something for everyone here tonight. But what do you leave with, does that change the dynamics of the caucus in three weeks?

GLORIA BORGER: No.

AXELROD: No.

BORGER: Not at all

MCAULIFFE: Absolutely not.

VAN JONES: No.

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CHRIS CUOMO: Okay, sure, we are all listening to you here, Anderson, it’s so interesting to have all these different perspectives on what happened. I think the consensus, however, is that it was not the type of night of ambition we expected. So the big question becomes, well, why?

You have two options. The first is the adage in politics: the fear never wins is that you hold fire, everyone up there is popular and you don’t want to get hurt so close before the caucuses. Okay.

But the second perspective is, you have to go there at some point to distinguish yourself from your competitors. And remember what every Democrat is looking for and why you see this bottleneck at the top and the people coming and going, three, four people in the margin of error, which is the right one to beat Trump? This shows great ambition. To daring. Someone who can take, arguably, the most ferocious activist we’ve seen in a generation.

So the question becomes why did they play it that way tonight? I have Dana Bash and David Chalian, I can’t do better than that.

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DANA BASH: I think you were dead about the stake being so high, but in fact – was it fiery? Could you feel the crackle here? No. But if you’re a caucus follower thinking, “Who do I like, I’m a little torn, I just want to hear what they believe on the issues that matter to me”, you’ve got it tonight, especially on an issue of which we have heard almost nothing until this evening and which is foreign policy, given that things are so different now with what happened in Iran that they were a few weeks ago.

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DAVID CHALAIN: I agree. I don’t think anything has really changed tonight in this race and I agree that caution has been the most active participant on the scene and I think there is a reason. These are the rules that are particular here in Iowa, where that second choice can really be important and so it is a calculation, if you are suing someone, you may be excluding their supporters.

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11:26:44 p.m. East

VAN JONES: So I think what she did was extraordinary. But what I like about Elizabeth Warren in these moments, she never stopped being the chief educator. She didn’t just say, listen, I’m a woman, I can do it rah rah rah, she argued that women won in the Trump era and led this movement. And so, I think she used the moment well.

But it was – as a progressive, to see these two having that level of vitriol was very disheartening. And I mean that tonight for me was discouraging. Democrats must do better than what we have tonight. I haven’t seen anything tonight that could get Donald Trump out. And I want to see a Democrat in the White House as soon as possible. There was nothing tonight that, if you look at this thing, you say “any of these people are ready for what Donald Trump is going to do for us.” And to see more division tonight is very disheartening.

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