Twitter falls in love with Sanders for outing himself as "an old" and Clinton for embracing yellow

Makes you wonder how many Twitter users were "doing marijuana" when they saw Big Bird on stage

By Scott Eric Kaufman
February 12, 2016 9:04AM (UTC)
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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 11, 2016. (AP/Morry Gash)

Twitter seemed to enjoy Thursday night's Democratic debate despite it being largely substantive, as opposed to the freak show that the GOP has been putting on every week. Wonkette, NRO's Jonah Goldberg, and others went classy before the debate even began:

After the opening statements, PBS cut straight to what it considers "commercials," and people weren't pleased, albeit for different reasons:


Everyone was acutely aware that this was a PBS debate:

Debate live-tweeting celebrity Patton Oswalt claimed he wouldn't be live-tweeting the debate:

But couldn't help himself:

People were very sure they knew when Sanders first stumbled:

And when he outed himself as "an old":


Many conservatives were very happy that the travails of white people were addressed:

But it's difficult to see this debate making much of a difference:

The clearest difference between the two seemed to be on the fate of children immigrating from Central America:


Sanders went after Wall Street as a way to attack Clinton:

Clinton attempted to deflect, but to no avail:

Which isn't to say that Sanders made no questionable assertions:

His attack on Clinton for consorting with Henry Kissinger was on point however:

One of the most pressing issues of the night was noticed by conservative radio host Todd Starnes:


In the end, though, it was pretty clear what was wrong this debate. It:

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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