But, after one of the most telling exchanges so far in the 2020 Democratic debates, the viewers had a dramatically better perspective on the front-runner in the race, and on a supposedly "second-tier" challenger who had just displayed first-tier political skills. And on the way in which a skilled moderator can make a debate come alive.
"Journalists could [take] notes from @jorgeramosnews in the#DemDebate. He is asking tough, but fair questions -- not to stir drama or seek a gotcha moment -- but to hold people accountable to their records and have them answer for it. His clarity makes it thrilling nonetheless."
John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Online Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.