Who won this debate? There are, as always, many opinions. And few that manage to be impartial.
Those on the right will surely be unhappy with the following opinion because it comes from the Washington Post. They are rabidly partisan which makes them a very bad newspaper. That isn’t to say they never get things right or that individual writers posing as journalists do not from time to time actually report fairly. It happens. This piece seemed an attempt to be “fair”. Winners and losers from the 2nd presidential debate
I didn’t expect any article in the WaPo to pan Clinton at least they didn’t cheer as if she did well. She didn’t and they didn’t say that she did. A low bar for a major newspaper and a presidential candidate.
Trump started the night with a Press Conference With Bill’s Alleged Victims. The left will scream foul and insist that Bill isn’t the candidate. However the fact that Hillary did all she could to cover his peccadillos and his crimes while working to smear these women makes this topic fair game IMO.
Coming from sleazy Trump makes it odd. Still these women have a right to have their voices heard and I can applaud Trump for giving it to them even if I can’t, and don’t, applaud his motive.
I think Trump saying if he was elected that he would appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Hillary is going to be popular with many people. The left is having a hissy fit saying that Trump said he was going to throw Hillary in jail. Saying that Trump promised to jail Clinton only makes sense if you believe she’s guilty. As Ben Domenech wrote, “Appointing a special prosecutor does not equal throwing in jail. Unless she’s, you know, guilty.”
According to RedState:
There are some posts up already having to do with the debate and we will have more. The bottom line is, everybody thought this debate would finish Trump off and it didn’t. This is not going improve his standing in the polls (in my view) but he’s going to be standing to fight for another day.
RedState is hardly a fan of the Trump. But they saw quite a different debate that did the Washington Post. Funny how that works isn’t it?
I thought the post from David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway was a good one. I respect both of them. David is #NeverTrump and Mollie has been very critical of him and yet they managed to be fair and even admiring. Much as I loathe Trump I respect that they fairly reported on what they saw. It’s called journalism, the MSM might try it sometime.
DAVID: It was incredibly weird. The most surprising thing, as it turned out, was that Donald Trump — maybe for the first time in his political career — seemed to learn from his previous mistakes. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve set the bar so excruciatingly low that I’m misreading reality. For me, though, it was pretty obvious that he’d prepared; he came equipped with rebuttals and something resembling a strategy. Of course, there were still those long-winded, indecipherable dialogues – especially in the first 15-20 minutes when the moderators were focused on the “locker room” talk — but generally speaking, he sounded more like a politician tonight.
MOLLIE: I actually thought he did well even in those early minutes. He was disciplined about avoiding too much talk about the vile comments he made in 2005 and stayed focused on his campaign’s larger agenda. I will say that it all might have been too little, too late. This was the performance he needed in the first debate and prior to the Friday bombshell about his lewd remarks.
DAVID: Lester Holt was awful, but Martha Raddatz was one of the worst, if not the worst, presidential debate moderator I’ve ever seen. Not only did the debate feature all the predictably skewed questions and follow-ups, but Raddatz literally got into an argument with Trump, demanding specifics.
Will all those that loved to hate Megyn Kelly also now hate Raddatz?
At Conservative Review the opinion on Martha Raddatz was brutal: I’m not gonna let you finish: Martha Raddatz is the worst moderator of all time
I have had nothing but contempt for Martha Raddatz for a very long time. Her behavior doesn’t surprise me.
Charles Krauthammer said that The debate was a WIN for Trump tonight and then went on to explain why it was more of a draw.
Krauthammer also notes that it’s going to be difficult for Trump to win the election if things continue to go the way they have been. He says Wikileaks could come out with something damaging on Hillary which could help Trump, but then something else damaging could come out on Trump as well. It’s an uphill battle for Trump to pull out a victory at this point.
The bar is set so low for both of these despicable people that it’s almost funny. She wins if she is still standing at the end and he wins if he doesn’t have a complete meltdown. And one of them will be POTUS. SMH!
SMOD – the time is now!
In case you didn’t know SMOD stands for sweet meteor of death from a poll where people chose a meteor hitting the earth rather than choosing Trump of Hillary. It’s a joke. I think.
I put my flag out and it looks to be a nice fall day. The sun is shining and I’ll try to concentrate on that and think about elections as little as possible.