Lot’s of people we are talking about….
The party wants to get the number, at , 23 , down to something manageable…
Joe Biden just has to take the hits….
The others need to make points….
Qualifying for the first Democratic presidential debate was the easy part. Now comes the challenge of preparing for it.
With the first debate in Miami now less than a month away, at least half-dozen major candidates have begun to block out time or lighten their schedules to prepare.
In telephone calls and conference rooms, advisers are peppering them with potential questions. The candidates are practicingtightening their answers, cognizant of the seven to 10 minutes of total speaking time they expect to be allotted. And they are watching clips of the 2016 Republican presidential primary debates to familiarize themselves with the dynamics of debating on a crowded stage.
All of it is taking place under the expectation that the first debate will represent the most significant milepost of the campaign to date, a make-or-break event that will likely lead to the first winnowing of the crowded 23-candidate primary.
For candidates accustomed to far more control over their circumstances, the run-up is proving to be an unsettling experience.
“This is not a scenario that any of them have been in,” said Philippe Reines, a longtime Hillary Clinton confidant who played the role of then-candidate Donald Trump in Clinton’s debate preparations in 2016. “It’s almost like a particle accelerator … It becomes a group dynamic that you can’t really control.”…