Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off in the first of three scheduled debates. Did we really learn anything we didn’t know before hand? And did the candidates do what they “had to do” in order to solidify their chances? Let’s find out, shall we?
DONALD TRUMP: Trump had to show up, not make a fool of himself, and act “presidential”. Did he do that? No. I mean, yes…he showed up. But he was the Donald Trump that took on Jeb Bush in the primaries. He was loud and boisterous. He was interrupting. And as far as acting “presidential”, I’d say he failed there. Trump was served up many softballs he could have hit out of the park, and he whiffed on several occasions. Oh, he called Clinton out on her terrible performance as Secretary of State, but he never drove it home. He missed completely making her a part of the Obama administration, even though he tied her to Syria and the Iran deal. He could have (and should have done so much more). Instead, he sounded like the second grader that took 20 minutes of math time to explain to the teacher why he was late to school that day. If you haven’t been following the current events over the past three months, you probably heard a guy speaking in headlines. He COULD have hit a home run and put Clinton away last night. But, as most of the pundits I heard said, he survived. He hit a few singles, and that was good enough. I gave him a C.
HILLARY CLINTON: Clinton came into this needing to do two things. Start to earn back the trust that 72% of the American public says she doesn’t have, and to open up and be “human” and not robotic and a policy wonk. She failed on both accounts. Did she look presidential? Yes. Did she score points against Trump? Yes. She had a chance to put the whole email scandal thing behind her. Instead of coming clean with the 18 months of lies, she basically said, “I made a mistake. I regret it and I accept the responsibility of it. Would I do it differently? Of course.” Well, Hillary, that’s not what the American people are looking for. They want to hear you admit that you sent and received classified documents and that you know you broke the law in doing so. They want to hear you say you put the national security at risk by using a home-brew server. You didn’t do that. So you aren’t going to gain the trust you needed. As far as getting to know the “real Hillary” (these are things her campaign said she needed to do…not me), she again failed. I’ve seen Disney animatronics at Epcot Center that had more life in them than she had last night. She was a policy wonk who loved to delve into the weeds and details of policy, but she didn’t convince anyone that wasn’t already voting for her to do so. She got a B from me.
LESTER HOLT: This guy was supposed to be moderator-supreme. And while he did let the two candidates debate each other and go back and forth quite a bit, there were many times that it seemed he let the debate get away from him. Oh, it was entertaining. I don’t know as if we learned much, but it was entertaining. But there really weren’t any hard questions for Hillary either. He asked one question, with no follow up on email. Where were the questions on Benghazi? Where were the questions on Pay to Play? Where were the questions on Syria or Egypt? Where were the questions from Lester on Iran? And how come we didn’t hear anything on the Clinton Foundation? We heard about Donald’s taxes…where was the Clinton Foundation stuff? Sorry Lester. I had heard earlier in the day you were going to favor Clinton in this one, and you did. You were the big loser of the night. I give you a D.
Overall, if you went in a Clinton supporter, this morning you’re still a Clinton supporter. If you went in a Trump supporter, you’re still a Trump supporter. And if you were one of the six people that were undecided…you’re still probably undecided. If that weren’t enough…I didn’t pop enough popcorn!
Oh…just in case you were wondering…Time had Trump winning the debate in their poll 54-46%. Over at CNBC, they had Trump winning the debate 66-34%, while at Drudge, he had Trump winning the debate 82-17%. And what about film maker, Michael Moore? He came out on Twitter after the debate and said Trump won hands down. Somehow, I didn’t see it that way. Maybe I need to spend another 90 minutes looking at the DVR!
Michael Moore ✔ @MMFlint
Pro-Hillary gloaters doing end-zone dance again when still on 50-yd line. U MUST get it in your head TRUMP IS GONNA WIN and act accordingly!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!