Listen: Analysis: What we learned in Thursday's Democratic debate
"So Christine. What did we learn in Thursday's debate so the main thing that I took away from the debate is that there's actually a huge number of energetic substantive candidates on the democratic side just waiting to get into the election? Joe Biden doesn't necessarily early need to be the front runner if he wasn't there the field would still be just as strong also the democratic end at seemed very pleasantly and encouragingly Gli united against trump for one and also against discussing the actual issues that people care about instead of you you know fighting and falling all over themselves as they seem to have done in two thousand sixteen it seems like most of the candidates actually like and respect each other and would be happy to support the nominee how many in the end it's during this was a little bit of a point of contention at the debate. You had a couple of candidates. I I believe it was amy Klobuchar people to judge basically saying stop fighting with each other. There's so much and and and who is on Casper was like this is a debate. That's what we do in a primary debate but it sort of seemed like he was the only one out there with the with the really combative style style that that didn't seem like people were going to be able to smile and make up once. There's a nominee yeah I kind of agree with Castro with former Secretary Castro it is a debate and we have short short memories and politics because there's a fierce debate in two thousand eight that also involved Joe Biden Barack Obama Hillary Clinton. They weren't playing Nice. We've always had fierce debates in the Democratic Party and frankly in the Republican party to that is what a primary is four and remember Senator Harris was very very sharp and crisp and the very I debate right and so we've forgotten that already too so yes I think even if I thought his punch fell flat against Biden. That's secretary cashless punch I agree this is a debate. They should have it out. This is the time in moment the unity is later rich. What did you learn well? I don't have any pro on this issue. I don't have any problem with fierce the debate and actually saying Oh we're all being too nasty we should night away to win a debate not debase way to position yourself a vis-a-vis the others but problem with the Castro. Jab against Biden was one that he got the substance wrong Biden hadn't actually said what he'd Castro said he had and had forgotten and also just seem to mean spirited but it gets to a real concern. I don't think it's the concern that there's any any percentage and the other candidates bringing up and voters just have to decide themselves is Biden up for this and we got a a bifurcated picture last night. I thought it was really strong. At the beginning I think he won the the healthcare exchange I think is clearly more energetic and aggressive in a good way willing to take on Warren and Sanders and their plans in a way that others who disagree with them club which are in Buda judge have traditionally not they're they're a little more of front leaning on on that last night right but then towards the end except for the very last answer whenever he goes personal about terrible tragedies. He's faced in his family. He's just exceptionally good but but before that there are two answers the record player answer that's gone viral that just made you wonder you know when he gets a little tired has he really lost a step and and you'd worry about that during the course of of a real rigorous campaign against an opponent who will use every means fair and very often foul to take advantage of any slips funny casino. It's funny you say. Biden doesn't have to be the front runner but he is the front runner. and I think you know what rich describes there. I think Biden's performance was uneven. I think it was weaker toward the end of the debate than at the beginning but I also think this was the best performance he turned into the three debates. He's been in and the previous debates ah have even though there was a bit of a stumble in the polls after the first debate he has not surrendered his lead after any of those so it it suggests to me that whatever performance he's turning in is is connecting better with Democratic primary voters. It's connecting with people in the commentariat so a few thoughts on that I would actually agree that this was definitely by far are Joe Biden's best debate but it wasn't actually a good performance. It was just better than the last two which is not exactly what you want to see like Oh. It wasn't terrible terrible this time congratulations I think the Democrats need more than that but actually and I was thinking of saving this for the tweet segment but Jamal Hill new rights for the Atlantic actually actually had the tweet that I thought best summed this up and she wrote somebody's gotTa say it. The overwhelming support for Joe Biden is based purely off feared that that white people won't vote for anyone else on the stage because there's no way you see him in these moments. I think that he's actually the best candidate and I think that's totally true. Everyone is oh you know pulling their weight throwing their weight behind Joe Biden because he seems electable. He seems like someone you could vote for. He seems this he seems that but he's actually not that good these days and it's becoming obvious"