Then vs. Now

THEN vs. NOW….Is a long primary campaign a blessing or a curse? As long as things don’t get too negative, Steve Benen offers a reason to think it’s a good thing:

I recently went back and watched some of the early Democratic debates and I was impressed with just how far the field has come. Each of them are better, sharper, and quicker than they were last summer, and that’s in large part because they’ve been pushing each other so hard.

That’s what I would have guessed, but it’s interesting to hear that it holds up in a side-by-side comparison.

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