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Late Tuesday night, MSNBC’s post-debate panel reacted to the 2020 Democratic primary hubbub and, while later spinning that no one had a bad debate, they initially knocked Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as both “annoyed” and “petulant” for being unable to handle incoming attacks as the frontrunner, but swooned over Pete Buttigieg being the second coming of Barack Obama.
Co-host Nicolle Wallace went first, hailing Buttieg as someone who “seems to speak to this primal hunger for something different and something better, not just among Democrats” but particularly those thinking about electability. She added that he “had a fantastic night.”
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Former Senator-turned-MSNBCer Claire McCaskill concurred that Buttigieg had “a strong debate performance” to go along with the money to stay in the race.
The Buttigieg love would resurface, but they first addressed Warren’s performance and McCaskill opened those proceedings by deeming Warren “a little put off” by the criticisms which “she’s going to have to get used to...if you’re the front-running,” adding that “she seemed a little petulant at times when she was being challenged.”
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Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson agreed, describing her as “annoyed” that she found herself under the gun on Medicare for All, asserting that because she wasn’t honest about the tax increases that would ensue, “she was pummeled for it.”
McCaskill, co-host Brian Williams, and MoveOn.org’s Karine Jean-Pierre also chimed in (click “expand”):
MCCASKILL - Yeah - Look - Something
MCCASKILL: Yeah. It makes her look like she is hiding something.
WILLIAMS: And it's one of the places Biden drew blood late in the debate by saying to pay for this, if you took the entire Pentagon budget and threw it out, it would buy you four months of Medicare for All. Karine?
KARINE - JEAN-PIERRE - Yeah - Everybody - Stage
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Yeah, no, I totally agree. Everybody on stage, pretty much all agreed she is the front-runner and they attacked her, and she was uncomfortable....
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