Potential Tulsi Breakthrough
As has been noted in another essay, Tulsi will appear in the first night of Democratic debates with a fairly bland array of debate opponents.
The only relative heavyweight in the first debate night will be Elizabeth Warren. Speculation from another essay on this site says that this is an effort to shine a light on a sheepdog candidate--which might very well be true.
However, this is a potential breakthrough opportunity for Tulsi. If she can upstage Warren or out-debate her, there is nobody else on stage who will likely be able to best Tulsi. This has potential to make her the runaway winner of the first night of debate.
I actually take a different view on what is probably happening behind the scenes. I believe the Democratic establishment has set up the first night to minimize both Tulsi and Warren. While Warren may be a sheepdog, I'm under the impression that she's saying too many left-leaning things and the establishment does not want Warren to win. Bankers sure as hell don't want her as president at the very least. Also, mainstream media like the NYT is already trying to push people away from watching the first debate night and instead focus on the second night. That's not something that would promote Warren as a sheepdog candidate.
O'Rourke can barely string sensible sentences together. Booker has a better pitch, but his policies are crap. Klobuchar is pretty much a full-on Republican. Everyone else on the first night has zero name recognition and polls below Tulsi.
Whichever theory of Warren is closer to reality, I think the Democratic establishment may have made a mistake. This debate is likely to come down to Tusli and Warren, and whoever can dominate will win the first night (and they will have social media polling going live throughout the entire thing).
If Tulsi wins the first night, that could boost her popularity immensely. Who knows, they might need to include her against the winner of the second night for the second round of debates.
I kind of like the potential here to shake things up . . .