When our nation is at a crossroads and our government is in a state of perilous flux, Americans want a voice of reason to cut through the political noise. As Twitter users tuned in to the first Democratic debate on CNN this evening, they discovered that the United States has been blessed with dozens.
In Las Vegas, moderator Anderson Cooper pressed candidates on hard questions. Elsewhere, respected journalists checked the facts, taking our politicians to task. Advocates cheered discussion on gun laws and our microwaved climate. And in an influential corner of the Internet, Vanilla Ice shared his truth.
The soothsayer proposed that we tear down the walls that divide us and work toward a better future. Then he giggled, turning "HeeHee" into the rallying cry of our time.
But the rapper was not the only star to make his opinions known. We rounded up the best and the brightest celeb reactions to the #DemDebate for you.
First there were some enthusiastic endorsements:
Then, they started to debate each other:
And made the kind of keen observations that earn genuine commentators that primetime spot!
They even made us smile, which isn't easy when the fate of our planetary and our reproductive systems is so critical:
Lena Dunham reminded us that a picture is worth (at least!) 140 characters:
They gave us reason to believe:
And when we despaired, Zach Braff introduced us to the lone candidate with real substance, the only option that will make sure no one in this great nation goes hungry:
Watch out, Cooper. Zach Braff is ready for his news desk.
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