Be honest: Going into Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate, you probably couldn’t tell a Lincoln Chaffee from a Martin O’Malley. But you knew CNN anchor/debate moderator Anderson Cooper, aka the man running the show. And a few minutes in, you knew he wasn’t messing around.
When Anderson Cooper (briefly) enjoyed the theater of it all
Senator Bernie Sander’s assertion that people are sick of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails” earned a lot of applause, and Cooper’s smirk tells you what he thought of Clinton’s “No” when asked if she wanted a rebuttal.
When Anderson Cooper worked the dais like a Fashion Week runway
Thank you, Camera Guy Who Gave Us This Wide Shot.
When Anderson Cooper wore his glasses like a boss
Warby Parker in the house, y’all!
When Anderson Cooper stepped back after asking a tough question
As though allowing a fine wine to breathe
When Anderson Cooper pressed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her changing political stances
“Will you say anything to get elected?” Ooh, burn.
When Anderson Cooper refused to let former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee, who has changed parties twice, get away with a lame metaphor
Chafee: “You’re looking at a block of granite when it comes to the issues.”
Cooper: “Seems like pretty soft granite.”
When Anderson Cooper shut down former Baltimore mayor Martin O’Malley
Don’t object to AC360’s description of the city’s desperate urban woes, because he will come back at you with a direct quote.
When Anderson Cooper threw to co-moderator Dana Bash
Spread the wealth!
When Anderson Cooper reminded a petulant Jim Webb, (former senator from Virginia), of the obvious