Hillary and Trump 1st debate…
I confess I did not watch the debate. Yesterday was a long, tiring and rather unpleasant day, and I was in no mood for politics, especially since I have no candidate to vote for, only ones to vote against. I did see some footage with no sound while I waited for the local late news, and my observation was that Trump looked dour and dull, and Hillary looked like a wide-eyed robot.
Roger Simon may have it right, and We the People may have gotten the debate we deserved. Maybe we should call it the who’s less crazy debate? Trump was taking on an entire system, not just Hillary, and as I expected, moderator Lester Holt couldn’t quite keep his little fingers off the scales. I find it amusing that he is apparently a registered Republican, but does anyone believe he has ever in his entire life voted for a Republican?
I was interested in John Hinderaker’s comments, and those of Matthew Walther, though I suppose that Thomas Lifson’s point that who you are determines your opinion is correct. Jonah Goldberg is also right that how you score the debate determines who won. With those caveats, pundits and viewers had their own opinions, with the majority of snap polls favoring Trump. Perhaps the most reliable gauge is the effect the debate had on a bar full of undecideds and Democrats, who preferred Trump the gentleman to Hillary the slugger.
No one can dispute that Hillary has great command of the facts, which she emits with well-rehearsed efficiency, and while she may have made more points, Trump may have scored more. My questions is: if Hillary was truly thinking she was hitting a home run, why was she demanding during the debate that her media pals go after Trump?