Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Colbert, Noah, and FiveThirtyEight react live to last night's Democratic debate

Last night was the last Democratic debate before the Iowa Caucuses and both Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah went live afterwards, just as they did for the November debate.  This time, I'm featuring Colbert first, whose show opened with Survivor Iowa: Outwit, Outplay, Outspend.

Six candidates, all looking to replace Donald Trump, marooned on a debate stage in Des Moines, Iowa.
As a former big "Survivor" fan, I appreciate that opening.*  It's enough to make me not miss Colbert's bit from four years ago, "The Hungry for Power Games."

Next, Stephen himself gave his and his writers' hot takes on the debate in Sanders, Warren Clash Over "Woman President" Question At Iowa Debate: Colbert's LIVE Monologue.

Stephen Colbert delivers his opening Late Show monologue LIVE following the Democratic presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa.
Yes, this debate needed Andrew Yang on stage to do the math.  He ended up doing it on Twitter this morning, where he tweeted "For the record, if Bernie won his 1990 election in November, then it was 29 years and 2 months ago."  Math!

The Daily Show did a live stream to open its show last night.  Since the debate ran a little late, so did January 2020 Democratic Debate in Iowa | The Daily Show.  Skip ahead to 4:35.

Trevor went LIVE after the Iowa 2020 Democratic primary debate between Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer.
The live stream also cut off mid-joke.  That's why I gave Noah second billing.

I close with the mock headlines from FiveThirtyEight's live blog.
Clare: A Largely Dull Debate To Kick Off 2020
Geoffrey: Few Debates Have Really Moved The Polls And It’s Hard To Know If This One Did Either
Nathaniel: Candidates Give More Of The Same In 7th Debate — But How Will Those Just Tuning In Now React?
Amelia: Candidates Tangle Briefly Over Sexism In An Otherwise Snoozy Debate
Perry: Warren Defends Her Electability And That Of Female Candidates — Signaling Real Tension With Sanders
Meena: It’s Going To Be A Long Year
Yes, it will be a long year.  Just the same, keep reading.

*I was such a big "Survivor" fan during the early 2000s that I became a moderator of a reality TV fan forum.  I was in charge of the Outlandish Theories and Inside Information subforums.  The former I understood, as I came up with four outlandish ways to understand "Survivor" that actually worked.  The latter — well, I guess the admins decided they needed someone who could evaluate information.  As a scientist, I qualified.

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