And that would be... Hmmm...
I watched precious little of the debate, mainly because Hillary has a voice that, were I Bill, I'd have the doctor clip her chords during her next major surgery. 'Nails and chalkboard' is demeaning to chalkboards everywhere, but I digress. The thing that was/is fascinating to me is that the snippets I watched seem to be the snippets everyone was talking about on social media. To wit:
-The three minute bloviation about how Trump "had to be hiding something terrible" in his tax returns, followed by Trump's almost casual mention of the list of her SecState staffers taking the fifth on the e-mail scandal. If he did nothing else right, he certainly nailed her there.
-The deal about the contractors he allegedly didn't pay ("allegedly" meaning "I'm not bothering to dig into this" not "every word out of Hillary's mouth is a lie"), and his answer that they maybe didn't do a good job. If they don't do a good job, you don't give them a tip (or further business). You don't pay them period, they'd have better committed something so stupid it sticks in your memory.
-The "birther" thing. I tried to turn this part off, but Monday Night Football was in a "New Orleans' pathetic defense just gave up another Tevin Coleman TD" break, and had to come back. His commentary on that one was so non-linear chronologically, it's a good thing Hillary had her face done by Mannequins are Us, or she'd have never been able to say. “Just listen to what you heard.” with a straight one.
-The racial healing/police thing. If Hillary had been capable of saying "people need to show respect for the police" BEFORE saying, "Police need to respect the people", I might have given her an edge on this one. You respect authority. People aren't authority, police are, so sorry to those of you that feel that this equals "Fascist police state". But Trump left her off this hook with his racial healing "I have nothing to say" line. Reminded me of the worst punt I ever saw, by Zenon Andrusyshyn for KC back in '78. Straight up, straight down, downed 5 yards downfield.
- "I have a plan to fight ISIS on My website" Hillary tells us. Right where ISIS can read it, says Trump. "“I don’t think General Douglas MacArthur would like that too much.” He shoots, he scores again.
-NAFTA. Hillary is still too enmeshed to see that, as Trump so eloquently puts it and I paraphrase in the words I've been using for decades, NAFTA is only good for our decline to third world power status.
But even at that, you have to look at how these two presented themselves. Trump, as always, comes into the debate looking like he just woke up after a frat party, showing no evidence of substantial preparation. Hillary, conversely, looked like young Betty Anderson on Father Knows Best winning yet another speech award back at Springfield High. Just not as pretty. And YET, he managed to catch her in the more substantial lies (including one that CNN pulled up a clip to show she was lying at the after party, I am told).
Was there a winner? One tweet during the debate suggested "Today I learned that the real only winner is the voyager probe that's speeding away from earth at 39600miles/hour." Me, I looked at it just like the GOP debates- if this were a scripted show, some HBO drama, Trump's bumbling, stumbling rhetoric would get him laughed off the stage. Yet, every debate polls show he won substantially. I kept saying, He HAS to pay people to take these polls.
Last night, CNBC had him winning 67% to 33. Time had Trump 55-45.
CNBC and Time. Wow, that must REALLY cost!