Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley faced off again at the ABC Democratic debate on Saturday, Dec. 19. And while there was plenty of action on the main stage in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Twitterverse proved equally informative and entertaining. The funniest Democratic debate tweets this time around rivaled some of the best we've seen during any of the primary debates, and that's saying a lot, considering the impressive showing Twitter users have had over lo these many months of televised sparring.
From commentary on the networks hosting the debates — "CNN hired WWE writers for this debate intro?" — to the audience — "DEAR GOD WHO IS COUGHING?" — and the candidates themselves — "Donald Trump googled 'caliphate' during the commercial break." — this has been an active and productive election season for Twitter's funniest politically savvy, or at least politically entertained, users.
Look, in many senses the race to the Oval Office is no laughing matter. After all, we're trying to determine who will decided matters of national security and have veto power over all legislation passed through Congress. That said, the campaign is politics, not government, and politics, with its necessary grandstanding and donor wooing and, yes, televised debates, is often hilarious. It's no wonder these debates often inspire witty, even hilarious takes from viewers, and in 140 characters at that. During an evening of at times longwinded answers, that's a godsend.
Here are some of the funniest tweets from the Democratic debate on ABC Dec. 19.
The Easiest Joke Of The Night Had To Do With The Time Slot The Debate
Jeopardy is on ahead of #DemDebate. CLUE: "This event on Saturday night at 8pm is a major buzzkill for reporters who would like to be out."— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) December 20, 2015
The thing about putting the Democratic debate on a Saturday night is it looks like Martin O'Malley is interrupting a promising first date.— Cafe (@cafedotcom) December 19, 2015
Nice job scheduling the #DemDebate. Nobody has plans on a Saturday night at 8pm. It's almost like they don't want people to be informed.— Ted Alexandro (@tedalexandro) December 20, 2015
8 p.m. (more like 8:30 p.m.) on the Saturday night before Christmas had a lot of people thinking conspiracy theories. But, hey, if you watched, you'll agree this debate had tons of substance.
And Then The Debate Ran Behind Schedule, Which Had People Like...
the #DemDebate is being held until everyone learns how to spell Stephanopoulos— John Lurie (@lurie_john) December 20, 2015
I'd say the fellow above had the right idea.
The Daily Show's Candidate Refreshers
Because if you were at a holiday party, perhaps that egg nog went to your head, and you needed to turn to the Twitterverse for a cheat sheet.
Martin O'Malley Jokes
The Dem undercard debate, which begins at 6p, is just Webb and Chafee crank calling O'Malley and asking him if he's free for dinner tonight.— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) December 19, 2015
Martin O'Malley def spent an hour rehearsing this in the mirror earlier tonight. #DemDebate— Robyn Pennacchia (@RobynElyse) December 20, 2015
O'Malley: "Can I talk?" Moderators: "No, you're polling at 1%." O'Malley: #DemDebate— Garrett Quinn (@GarrettQuinn) December 20, 2015
Could I... No, Gov. O'Malley. Very short story? No. Please? No. Maybe later. Promise? No. #DemDebate— Mark Joyella (@standupkid) December 20, 2015
watching a real-time stress cold sore slowly form on Martin O'malley's face #DemDebate— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 20, 2015
O'Malley gave the debate his all — at times, a little too much. Jazz hands, begging for a chance to speak, and some major stress-face proved O'Malley is not ready to pull out quite yet.
Bernie Sanders, AKA Larry David, Jokes
Um, a politician just apologized for something. Is this real life? #DemDebate— Crystal Ward (@Crystal11) December 20, 2015
When Bernie Sanders is the one telling you to calm down, you're in trouble.— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) December 20, 2015
I just want that noise that Bernie made to be my ringtone.— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) December 20, 2015
Larry David is so angry in this gun debate! #DemDebate— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) December 20, 2015
While Sanders' hair was looking more polished than usual, the senator had a couple of moments when he made awkward noises, raised his voice a little too high, and just all around sounded like Larry David (he even used the Curb Your Enthusiasm phrase "having said that,"), but LD on his grumpiest day.
Hillary Clinton Jokes
Me: @HillaryClinton is one of the most powerful women in the world. My 3YO: Like Wyldstyle?— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) December 20, 2015
"Maybe the back door is the wrong door," Hillary Clinton just now. I mean, gross.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) December 20, 2015
Hillz, who was slaying the debate from her opening remarks, took a (bathroom?) break at one point and was late returning to the main stage. Oops. I don't think she's sweated it, though. She's been in the Situation Room, people. This is nothing.
And here I thought The Hilz owned the pant suit; looks like O'Malley might be beating her in that game.
Come on guys, be cool. Don't be like, uncool. #DemDebateAndChill
They did throw a lot of (earned) shade at The Donald.
It's Saturday night, people, let's get this show done, like, rn. Just kidding, it was actually a kick-ass show, and any excuse to spend Saturday night in my Snuggie is fine by me.
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