There are two clear takeaways from Tuesday night’s Democratic debate. The first and most obvious is that Elizabeth Warren is now the Democratic Party’s presidential frontrunner if only because of the amount of fire she drew from her fellow candidates. What was perhaps more notable about last night’s debate was that the candidates who made Warren squirm were the Democratic field’s “moderates.” And while Sen. Amy Klobuchar deserves honorable mention for delivering her most spirited and compelling performance since she jumped into the race, it was South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s night.

The most remarkable thing about Buttigieg’s performance was not his effective rhetorical style, but the way in which he dispatched with one Democratic opponent after another by going after them from their right.


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