Mayor Pete wins mansplaining contest in otherwise substantive Democratic debate
Warren, Sanders and Klobuchar benefited from an improved format — but Buttigieg seemed mean and Biden rudderless
The results were illuminating. Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts all came across the actual grown-ups in the room. Sanders, as usual, impressed with his moral clarity. Klobuchar is an unapologetic centrist, but presented a strong case for her competence as a leader and ability to pull the levers of power to get things done. Warren, in particular, took advantage of the time to show off her earnest intelligence and in-depth knowledge of both policy and the strategies needed to get those policies passed.
Buttigieg came across — there's no nice way to say this! — as a mansplainer. He tore first into Warren, and then, in case anyone missed the pattern, went after Klobuchar for good measure. He leaned heavily into every disagreement with the two women on stage, drawing them into long fights that got straight-up nasty — in direct contrast with the rest of the night, when candidates emphasized how much they liked each other, even when disagreeing.
Buttigieg fans online insisted that he was only responding to criticism, but the truth is that Warren had not mentioned him by name, only mentioning big-money fundraisers, when the mayor took his shot. He pounced right away with a hectoring, condescending tone, repeatedly using the phrase "purity tests" and then applying one of his own, trying to shame Warren for making money in her private legal career.
He even outright said "I know this isn’t likely" that Warren doesn't have the capacity to go home and enjoy "the holiday spirit", which was an ugly, sexist moment, leaning heavily on misogynist stereotypes about ambitious women being joyless and lacking nurturing feelings.
Then, in case there was any confusion about Buttigieg's preferred spat opponents, he pulled the same trick with fellow centrist Klobuchar,...
Warren, Sanders and Klobuchar benefited from an improved format — but Buttigieg seemed mean and Biden rudderlessdia.so