The media were dispirited and discouraged Tuesday night, as the Democratic presidential field turned in a “dull and plodding” debate performance. John Heilemann asked how anyone could be confident in candidates so hesitant to throw a punch, and MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough said “nobody looked good.”
Most of all, however, these journalists worried the Democratic candidates would not be able to handle facing off against President Donald Trump after such a “gentle” primary.
“How is this going to condition the ultimate nominee to take on the beast that Donald Trump is?” Heilemann asked.
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Paul Crookston is the deputy war room director at the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.