The first two Democratic candidate debates are finally over. Thank goodness! Now it's time to winnow down the field to the real candidates, and get rid of the narcissistic wannabes.
The field of 25 was always ridiculous. I guess the party needed to be fair and give everyone a chance, but the truth is that most of that 25 never stood a chance of being nominated. It's time for them to go! At least half of them should drop out -- if not more.
One thing that will help is the third debate. The party says the requirements to participate in the third debate will be more stringent. That debate will be held on September 12th, and if needed, September 13th. Let us cross our fingers and hope that second night is not needed. It's time for all the leaders to be on the same debate platform so Democratic (and Independent) voters can get serious about who they want to be represented by in November of 2020.
The requirements to participate in the September debate are 130,000 unique donors and to register at least 2% in four respected polls. Personally, I think those requirements are not stringent enough. It will probably still allow about 10 to 12 candidates to participate, and that's still too many. If after several months of campaigning and two debates, a candidate only has 2% support and 130,000 donors, then they are just engaging in wishful thinking -- not a real presidential campaign.
Here's who is likely to make the third debate stage, according to The New York Times: