DemDaily: New Hampshire and Some Much Needed Humor!

February 7, 2020

After the last few weeks, we had to mix it up a bit.

To follow, details on tonight's Eighth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate -- and a little humor!

Date:     Friday, February 7, 2020
Time:    8:00pm to 11:00pm ET
Location:   Manchester, New Hampshire. Saint Anselm College
Networks/Hosts:   ABC News, Apple News and WMUR-TV
Moderators:  ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight anchor and managing editor David Muir, ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis, WMUR-TV political director Adam Sexton and WMUR-TV news anchor Monica Hernandez.
Live Streaming:   ABC News Live, Apple News, Roku, Hulu, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, YouTube, Xumo, Facebook, Twitter

The Candidates: Former Vice President Joe Biden (DE), former Mayor Pete Buttigieg (IN), Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN), Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), businessman Tom Steyer (CA), Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang

Qualifications
1) Meet a Delegate Threshold of having been allocated at least one pledged National Convention Delegate from the February 3, 2020 Iowa caucuses or

2) Meet one of two Polling Thresholds:
Four-Poll Threshold: Receive 5% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or single-state polls in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada) or
Early State Polling Threshold: Receive 7% or more support in two single-state polls in New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada and
3) Receive Contributions from at least 225,000 unique donors, and a minimum of 1,000 unique donors per state in at least 20 US states, Territories or DC.

Still In The Race
In addition to the contenders on tonight's stage, those still in the race include Senator Michael Bennet (CO), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI) and former Governor Deval Patrick (MA). Former Congressman John Delaney (MD) dropped out January 31, 2019.

A Boston Globe/Suffolk University Poll taken February 3-6, 2020 of likely New Hampshire voters (MOE 1/- 4.4%) showed Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg neck-and-neck at 24% and 23% respectively, followed by Elizabeth Warren @13%, Joe Biden @11%, Amy Klobuchar @6%, Tulsi Gabbard @4%, Tom Steyer @3%, Andrew Yang @3% and 11% undecided.

To Remind Us to Laugh

On Iowa
Technical problems with an app held up the Iowa caucus results, and by Tuesday it still wasn't clear who had won. "At one point they called Florida for help." -- Jimmy Fallon

Worth Watching: Jimmy Kimmel's Take on SOTU and Iowa (Click)

"And I guess, what do you expect? I mean, the average age of the party leadership is like 85 years old, all right? What do they know about apps? The only thing they know about apps is can you get one free with the early bird special, that's it." -- Trevor Noah

"The trouble is, most elderly volunteers had a hard time downloading it onto their garage door openers." -- Stephen Colbert

"And hey, what kind of weirdo antiquated system are the caucuses anyway? It's like the musical chairs meets debate class meets a slow gas leak." -- Seth Meyers

On Trump's SOTU
"As you saw, the president stood before a joint session of Congress to deliver the State of the Confederacy - I mean Union. And the speech was exactly what you might expect from Donald Trump and a teleprompter: Not a great fit. It was a self-congratulatory speech. In the first 10 minutes, Trump used the word 'I' more than all of LensCrafters does in a whole year." -- Jimmy Kimmel

"First, they introduced the Supreme Court justices, led by John Roberts, who is still working double duty overseeing the impeachment trial. Yet another American forced to work two jobs in Trump's economy." -- Stephen Colbert

"One of the funnier interactions, or lack thereof tonight, was Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi standing side by side, not talking to each other for the whole time, which was kind of rude on his part because she tried really hard to make him president." -- Jimmy Kimmel

"And as always, the president invited some special guests to the gallery, with inspiring stories of enduring unimaginable hardship. For instance, Melania." -- Stephen Colbert

On Romney's Vote
"Who would have thought that the most bad-ass Republican in the Senate would end up being a Mormon dude named Mitt?" -- Trevor Noah

"Romney was actually choking back tears as he explained his decision because - well, because he knows the president is about to order the space force to attack his home state of Utah." -- Jimmy Kimmel

Worth Watching: Trevor Noah on SOTU and Pelosi (Click)

"Yes! That's what the impeachment managers were saying the whole time! Someone was actually listening to the substitute teacher Mr Schiff! You got through to the tall quiet kid who has trouble making friends!" -- Stephen Colbert

On Nancy Pelosi Tearing It Up
"After President Trump gave his State of the Union address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore it in half. Tore in half! Crazy. Yeah. Yeah. Then Melania said, 'Great, now do my prenup.'" -- Conan O'Brien

"Needless to say, Mike Pence was very upset by this act of defiance against Master. He described it as a new low. I guess he forgot about the time his boss invited the Taliban to Camp David." -- Jimmy Kimmel

"So between Pelosi and J.Lo, women over 50 are tearing it up this week." -- Jimmy Fallon

Have a good weekend!

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