Far Left vs. Moderate Left
It was Sanders and Warren vs. the rest of the field.
Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the two highest polling candidates on the stage last night, took a lot of blows from the rest of the Democratic field. For the majority of the night, they defended their far-left policy agendas from attacks from former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.
Of the entire field, Sanders and Warren are viewed as leaders of the new progressive movement. While highly impractical, both candidates support providing health care to all Americans. They also want to cancel all student debt, decriminalize border crossings, and increase the minimum wage across the board.
For much of the night, Sanders and Warren worked in tandem, being cautious to not attack each other -- even coming to each other's defense. In many's eyes, it seemed like the two made a pact not to target one another.
Whether or not that is true is up for debate. What isn't, however, is that Sanders and Warren have a radical vision compared to the rest of the candidates in the race.
Thought to be a breakout star in the election, former Texas Representative Beto O'Rourke was supposed to be the young, ambitious candidate to get millennials to the polls in 2020. Many believed his message and positive performance against Senator Ted Cruz in 2018 would be enough to make him a mainstay in the Democratic primary.
Unfortunately, after last night's performance, O'Rourke's campaign is officially over.
Lacking energy, O'Rourke continues to come across as lackluster Democrat that is having an out-of-body experience when the spotlight is on him.
Like the first debate, O'Rourke had a tough time finding his footing. For much of the night, he was incoherent and less precise on the issues compared to his Democratic counterparts. He often got lost in the shuffle, having his mojo stolen by the younger Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg. On top of that, his responses were weak, lacking any enthusiasm or substance. Although he spoke for over ten minutes (fourth out of the ten candidates), O'Rourke seemed like he wasn't even there.
He did himself no favors in the first debate when he pretentiously spoke in Spanish. After last night's debacle, speaking in Spanish would have been an improvement for O'Rourke's campaign.
Marianne Williamson Trends
An author, activist, and possible extra in the show Stranger Things, Marianne Williamson surprisingly outperformed many on last night's debate stage.
Using her usual feel-good message, Williamson continued to be an anomaly on stage, focusing heavily on the "dark psychic force" that is Trump and the power love. While her unconventional approach seemed forced in the first debate, those watching last night's debate quickly realized that Williamson isn't faking it.
What's more, her message is working, and her popularity continues to grow.
No, you're not seeing that incorrectly. Williamson was the most-searched candidate in every state but one after last night's debate.
Maybe we're the crazy ones...