I’m old enough to remember the time when we were all asking this.
Actually I’m old enough to remember the time (precisely 9:59 p.m. ET on January 15, 2020) when even my boss was asking this.
Not 80 minutes later, we got our answer: Tom Steyer, billionaire Democratic candidate for president, was sent to us to bear witness.
You see, Tom Steyer, billionaire Democratic candidate for president who apparently only owns one tie and draws odd stuff on his hand, awkwardly rolled on up what seemed like a … very tense conversation between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders after Tuesday night’s debate. Let’s go to the tape:
The brief background is this: On Monday, Warren said Sanders recently told her he didn’t believe a woman can win the 2020 presidential race. It was the biggest story coming into the debate, the last one before the first primary votes are cast in Iowa. During the debate, Sanders denied he had said it. When it was over, they had that moment, above.
Immediately, everyone saw Steyer in the middle of that talk — and demanded he talk.
It’s obvious he heard something — go back to that video and look at how his head ricochets back and forth between Sanders and Warren.
But here’s the thing:
Reporters were put On The Case.
Steyer told MSNBC, “whatever they were going on between each other, I was trying to get out of the way as fast as possible.”
And then he coyly told CNN, “they were talking about getting together or something.”
And to be fair, we don’t know what Warren and Sanders were saying.
So in this absence of information, people went back to that familiar comfort of the internet and made jokes, mostly about how awkward Tom Steyer is.
Most people just laughed.
Just remember Tom, fame is fleeting. Enjoy it while you can.