ABC’s commentators donned what appeared to be sports headsets and spoke like they were commenting on a golf match before Saturday night’s debate even started. George Stephanopoulos kicked off the pre-analysis by noting that “stakes are high” during tonight’s debate, the third for the Democrats.
"Stakes are high" — first lie of the night
— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) December 20, 2015
— Amanda Carey Elliott (@AmandaCarey1) December 20, 2015
"Stakes are high!" per @GStephanopoulos. I think not.
— Frank Rich (@frankrichny) December 20, 2015
"Stakes are high" (so high they buried this debate on the Saturday before Xmas w/no promotion) #DemDebate
— Grace Parra (@GraceParra360) December 20, 2015
Still waiting for a debate intro saying "stakes are low…" #DemDebate
— Tamar Hallerman (@ajconwashington) December 20, 2015
Stakes are high, and interest is higher.
Press viewing room at #DemDebate looks virtually empty.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) December 20, 2015
Democrats scheduled this debate like it's the last 4 episodes of a show that got canceled but they're contractually obligated to finish
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) December 20, 2015
— Dreamagogue (@JustSeizeIt) December 20, 2015
What’s this? A second set of ads? Scratch that — a third?
Tonight’s debate is never going to happen.
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) December 20, 2015
So when ABC News says "the debate is at 8:00 pm," they really mean "it'll probably start at around 8:30 pm."
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) December 20, 2015
My face when I realized ABC lied about the debate start time. pic.twitter.com/gz5qI0SBrv
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) December 20, 2015
@exjon Matlock reruns have been preempted…
— frankgillespie (@frankgillespie) December 20, 2015
The #DemDebate will start sometime before N.H. votes in the primary, possibly even by 8:30 p.m. tonight.
— BuzzFeed Politics (@BuzzFeedPol) December 20, 2015