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Pocahontas Scalps Bloomberg

Shots fired!

When the history of the 2020 Democratic primary race is written, this will be the moment when Michael Bloomberg’s campaign blew up on the launch pad — or rather, was blown up by Elizabeth Warren, who destroyed him. As presidential debates go, this is about as brutal as the end of a Tarantino movie:

Warren was really good tonight. She won’t win this thing, but Warren as Bernie’s No. 2 would be formidable. Joe Biden was an afterthought. He has exactly one line of attack: “I’m the only one on this stage who did this vice-presidential thing, and that senatorial thing.” Buttigieg clearly has a big future in Democratic politics, but this is not his year. Amy Klobuchar showed her limits tonight. She hates hates hates Buttigieg, and she sounded bitter when attacking him.

Hard to believe that Sanders got away again without serious attack. After tonight, with his big lead in the polls, I think he’s going to be the nominee. He’s tapping into an energy that nobody else has. He’s trying to change the system, and everybody knows that he’s serious. I wouldn’t vote for him because of his policies — not a democratic socialist here! — but he’s got integrity and consistency, and I can see why Democratic primary voters would be jazzed by him. He’s like Trump in that he is so different from the rest of the pack. Can he beat Trump? Sure he could. I don’t think it’s likely, but he could pull it off. It’ll be a hell of a race.

Tonight’s big news, though, is the total fizz-out of Bloomberg. Several people on Twitter tonight made some version of the remark that he’s used to speaking to Davos crowds, and before audiences where everybody lauds him, and nobody criticizes him. He was clearly not ready for a primetime presidential debate. Pocahontas scalped him clean.

Oh yeah, this quote from her set the tone:

“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians,” Ms. Warren said. “And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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