Delaney tried to push a more moderate vision of where he thinks the party should go when compared to some of the progressive policies proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
And while the boost in visibility may have been what he wanted, it also meant people following along with the debate had time to think about what fictional characters he looked like. And there were quite a few suggestions.
One of the more popular lookalikes was Bill from King of the Hill.
John Delaney before the debate vs. John Delaney after the debate pic.twitter.com/xHE81NxA9i
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) July 31, 2019
— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 31, 2019
— Black Chuck Todd (@BlackChuckTodd) July 31, 2019
Other people thought he resembled the inflatable pilot from Airplane (and other characters from the movie).
John Delaney looking very much tonight like Stephen Stucker from the AIRPLANE! films. pic.twitter.com/0etRNCCrEk
— Adam Bonin (@adambonin) July 31, 2019
Some even thought Kermit the Frog was a lookalike for Delaney.
— Ari Ezra Waldman (@ariezrawaldman) July 31, 2019
The nematodes from SpongebBob SquarePants also got a shout out.
— feel the (kb)ern (@yo_its_kb) July 31, 2019
Mayor Pete Buttigieg was compared to Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.
It remains to be seen how Delaney’s performance in the debate will impact his poll numbers, but its safe to say the internet is now aware of his campaign.