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Elizabeth Warren shone in Wednesday night's first Democratic debate

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It was a debate that Elizabeth Warren was expected to walk, and so she ran. Pitted against what one might uncharitably call the least exciting candidates — Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Tim Ryan and Beto “just born to be in it, or at least maybe born to serve people or something” O’Rourke — Warren was extremely policy-specific, showing up her counterparts’ reliance on rhetoric. Anyone can say they want to serve Americans, make the US a more progressive place, and help people get access to basic healthcare. Not everyone can outline a green energy plan, with numbers, in 30 seconds; or explain why big pharma doesn’t want to take responsibility for the opioid crisis in the same amount of time.

Time and again, she found the right words and her opponents lost or mangled them. “There’s a lot of politicians who will say [Medicare-for-All] isn’t possible. What they mean is they won’t fight for it. Because healthcare is a basic human right,” Warren proclaimed. “Healthcare isn’t just a human right, it’s an American right,” Cory Booker said in turn — seemingly taking patriotism to whole new levels by elevating Americans to a superior species above the rest of humanity.

Warren wasn’t just the most politically interesting tonight; she also inspired the best memes on social media. When she was asked by the hosts if she had a plan for how to deal with Mitch........

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