Obviously the second Democratic debate group, meeting in Miami on Thursday, 6.27, will be the one to watch. Pete Buttigieg vs. Uncle Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders (who hasn’t a prayer and can only spoil…face it), not to mention Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillbrand and Andrew Yang plus noteworthy second-stringers like Marianne Williamson, John Hickenlooper and Eric Swalwell. Michael Bennet, whom nobody knows or cares about, will also participate.
The first group, gathering the night before on Wednesday, 6.26, will include three serious candidates — Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar ad Beto O’Rourke. The rest haven’t a prayer and they know it — Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and Tim Ryan.
Hollywood Elsewhere is hoping and praying for an Uncle Joe gaffe or two…any kind of mistake or misstatement….anything in that realm.
The real long-haul candidates are Biden, Bernie, Buttigieg and Warren. And maybe Harris and O’Rourke. Bernie, a tough guy and a principled visionary but at the same time a stubborn old goat, has to man up, face facts (he can’t possibly win the nomination) and stop trying to block the inevitable.
Both debates will happen at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132.