We got to see ten of the Democratic presidential candidates on stage last night. In trying to judge winners and losers, I am only looking at how they might appeal to voters.
Joe Biden – His name didn’t even come up once. It is surprising that nobody took a shot at him.
Julian Castro – He has a compelling personal story, is well-spoken and has more charisma than most.
John Delaney – Talking about attracting blue collar workers back to the party will resonate with some. He sounded a lot more reasonable than most of the other candidates.
Tulsi Gabbard – Her military experience, youth and attractiveness will appeal to some.
Amy Klobuchar – She represented the traditional liberal Democrats and could take off if Biden falters.
NBC – The moderators mainly asked softball questions and sounded more like politicians than journalists.
Beto O’Rourke – Castro is Hispanic, thoughtful and well-spoken. O’Rourke pretends to be all three.
Elizabeth Warren – She was the only front-runner present. It was hard to distinguish her from the other candidates. That’s not a good sign.
The other ten speak tonight. This should be interesting since all the other front-runners will be there.