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‘Operation Destroy Joe Biden’
Round two of the first Democratic debate became a moment of reckoning for Joe Biden. All of the late-night hosts who were on the air this week went live for the second night in a row to recap it.
“Tonight was the second Democratic debate, or as nine candidates called it, Operation Destroy Joe Biden.” — JIMMY FALLON
“I hope they took dental photographs of Biden before this debate, because they’re going to need a reference to put his teeth back in.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
Colbert was impressed by Senator Kamala Harris’s performance, particularly when she took Biden to task for his opposition to school busing programs in the 1970s.
“As a former prosecutor, Harris found everyone else on that stage guilty of being less interesting, and sentenced them to two hours of being her pasty background singers.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
“I believe Harris on busing, because she clearly just took Biden to school.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
The Punchiest Punchlines (Handshake Edition)
“We do know what President Trump thought of them last night, because he tweeted his one-word takeaway: ‘BORING!’ And I mean, yeah, let’s be honest, everyone is boring compared to him. He’s the craziest dude on the planet. Asking Trump to weigh in on normal politicians is like asking heroin what it thinks of coffee.” — TREVOR NOAH
“Today was National Handshake Day … said every candidate when Biden went in for a hug.” — SETH MEYERS
“With 10 people onstage it was less of a debate and more of, like, a lightning round. Or in Bernie Sanders’s case, more a ‘struck-by-lightning round.’” — JIMMY FALLON
The Bits Worth Watching
Stephen Colbert hosted a one-candidate debate featuring Steve Bullock, the governor of Montana, who didn’t make the cut at the official event.
Seth Meyers gave his own detailed analysis of Thursday night’s action.