In 2016, I was not among the many vocal critics of Democratic National Committee (DNC). Though it was obvious that established pols had a candidate, their candidate also won an easy plurality of base support from Democratic Party voters. Majoritarian democracy was served.
But feelings were hurt (with a little boost from Russian active measures and our own unexamined entitlements), so this campaign season, the DNC has enabled this insane hyper-democratic process in which we have 20 "candidates" -- mostly irrelevant -- clogging the debate stage and thereby obstructing the real candidates from engaging with the real conflicts Democrats need to struggle through.
There seem to be six -- and that is still a lot -- who bring necessary strengths and constituencies to Democratic big tent. That's plenty. Get rid of the rest of them.
Here's how I would cull the field after the two debates. The rest are just winning minor celebrity at the expense of the tasks of the moment: disposing of Trump and the rest of the anti-human, anti-democratic GOP apparatus. We have a big job ahead and egos need to take a back seat.