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The Meaning of the Marianne Williamson Moment

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Much of the post-debate commentary (including my own first post) is missing something — any serious discussion of the Marianne Williamson moment. And make no mistake, she had a moment. By one key metric — Google interest — she was the absolute dominant figure of the debate. This chart, comparing Google searches before and after the debate, is remarkable:

Before and after: the #DemDebate in search.

More data: https://t.co/I0WiP79wjV#CNNDebate pic.twitter.com/Ebr8r1Asnw

— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) July 31, 2019

While she had a number of memorable answers, her main moment — the response that set the Internet aflame and launched a thousand memes — was her declaration that “wonkiness” was inadequate to address the “dark psychic force of collectivized hatred” that Donald Trump was “bring up in this country.” She was responding to a question about the water crisis in Flint, Mich., and she said this:

I assure you — I lived in Grosse Pointe, what happened in Flint would not have happened in Grosse Pointe. This is part of the dark underbelly of American society. The racism, the bigotry, and the entire conversation that we’re having here tonight. If you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that........

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