The Democrats' personalities were exposed in Nevada, and it wasn't pretty

Wednesday night's Democrat debate in Nevada allowed for a sharp focus on the candidates' personalities.  It wasn't pretty.  They were the six unappealing dwarfs — Supercilious, Shrill, Angry, Confused, Smug...and that unpleasant nameless something that is Klobuchar.

This was Elizabeth Warren's debate, for she aggressively dominated the available airtime.  As the debate progressed, the other candidates fell silent when she spoke out of instinctive deference.  With her hoarse voice and scolding manner, she was every mean old lady that children learn to fear.

Given that Bloomberg was the biggest threat to the "old-timers," Warren stood out for landing the sharpest blows against him.  The debate had barely started when she said one candidate is a "billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians and, no, I'm not talking about Donald Trump, I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg."

Warren also got her claws in when Bloomberg was asked about allegations that he had mistreated women in his workplace.  He tried to sidestep the question by saying he had hired a lot of women over the years and given them good jobs.  Warren checked him, saying, "I hope you've heard what his defense was.  'I've been nice to some women.'"  Bloomberg's response was the dreaded eye roll.

Additionally, Warren harshly interrogated Bloomberg about the unknown number of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) into which he's entered with women who complained about him.  There was an instant pile-on, with Bloomberg ineffectually saying the women wanted these agreements and that he was standing by them.  The phrase "deer in the headlights" seems apt.

Bloomberg was generally out of his league in the jostle and thrust of a debate.  He's used to the boardroom, a place in which everyone falls silent when he speaks.  He came across as condescending and disconnected, although he showed a modicum of common sense and hit hard on the fact that he was the only person there with managerial experience.

Bloomberg's best moments came in attacks against Bernie.  He called Bernie a hypocrite for attacking the wealthy when he's a multimillionaire who owns three homes.  Bernie, wisely, bobbed just a little, taking the punch and then deflecting it.  Bloomberg could have done more but lacked the debating skills.  Bloomberg also called Bernie's plans "communism," which Bernie called a "cheap shot."

Bernie, as always, was the angry old man.  He reiterated his usual points: socialized medicine; a hugely exaggerated number of medical bankruptcies; the wonders of Denmark; the horror of billionaires (he no longer mentions millionaires now that he's one, too); the evil of students stuck with loans they voluntarily assumed; and the need for a command-and-control economy to fight climate change.

Bernie's best moment as a debater was when he deflected remarks about his hanging onto his medical records by slipping in the fact that Bloomberg has also had heart problems.  The net effect, though, was to emphasize that the two putative Democrat frontrunners are sick old men.

Poor Biden.  Obama has practically disavowed him, but Biden is still clinging desperately to his coattails.  Biden gyrated between dormancy and spitting defenses of his record ("I'm the guy...").  He's only marginally articulate most of the time, and, as the evening wore on and fatigue caught up with the old guy, he stopped making sense.

Buttigieg is just a bundle of smug.  He's the smart-ass teacher's pet no one likes.  He delivered his canned, mostly meaningless homilies with knowing little grins, although occasionally he landed a few blows.  He picked too many silly arguments, such as trying to denigrate Klobuchar for forgetting Mexican president López Obrador's name.  It was like seeing the kid who thinks he's the smartest in the class argue with his rival whether it's a hard "c" or a soft one in the phrase "veni, vidi, vici."

And what was it with that unshaven upper lip?  Was he trying to look older, or did he forget to shave?  Ick.

Klobuchar is a non-entity who desperately wants to be an entity.  There's a vacuum where her personality should be, and she tries to fill it by boasting about her Minnesota election successes and her having voted on multiple bills in Congress.  She comes across as the PTA leader who does all the work because nobody likes her and she's so desperate for even fake friendship that she's willing to be the general dogsbody.

Not a single person on the stage is a leader or a statesman.  Without exception, they are small people, and that's true with or without standing on boxes.  There's something almost tragic about the fact that the essence of the Democrat Party — the oldest continuously existing political party in the world — has been reduced to these six uninspiring, unqualified people.

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