It’s past my bedtime and I’m cranky, so I’ll just give you a few quick thoughts on the debate.
Hillary sounded rehearsed. It was clear she wanted to come off as more knowledgeable and prepared than Trump. She did, but she also sounded like an insufferable know-it-all.
The problem is, she was over-prepared. Even her quips were clearly planned and rehearsed moments. There was nothing off the cuff or spontaneous about her delivery. As a result she sounded robotic and canned.
And that smug grin of hers was so irritating, I had to stop watching when she was on camera.
Trump was Trump. Sometimes it worked great; sometimes it didn’t.
Lester Holt was a biased hack. Bringing up the birther thing as part of the section on race relations?! For crying out loud.
Had he made a similar connection to Hillary’s private server when he brought up cyber-attacks and cyber-security, I would have let it go, but he didn’t.
He was combative with Trump and coddled Hillary. It was disgusting.
Had Trump not made that dig about releasing his tax returns when she releases her emails, the entire email scandal never would have been mentioned.
I was stunned that Hillary went nearly ninety minutes without whipping out the “Trump is a sexist” card.
Every attack she tossed at Trump sounded like she was reading a script.
The part that made me laugh out loud was when she quoted Michelle Obama’s convention speech, “When they go low, we go high.”
But Hillary didn’t “go high.” When she wasn’t trying to show off like smug eighth grade know-it-all, she was going low. Over and over again, she went low. She attacked Trump over his businesses, over a Federal lawsuit from the early 1970s, over calling Rosie O’Donnell a fat pig.
Michelle should have said “When they go low, Hillary goes lower.”
Some of Trump’s best moments were when he swatted Hillary down with one comment.
After her self-righteous preening over how mean Trump was to Obama, Trump merely pointed out how vicious Hillary was to Obama in 2008. “When you try to act holier than thou, it really doesn’t work.”
He could have done that more often.
Overall, Trump let a lot of opportunities fly by. When Hillary brought up nuclear weapons and Russia, he could have hit her on the Foundation and selling US uranium to the Russians. He could have hit her on Benghazi. During the portion on cyber-security, Trump could have made hay over over her own inability to keep classified information secure.
Too many missed opportunities to hammer that smug bitch down.
During the section on race relations, Hillary actually said, “everyone should respect the law.” Trump could have made mincemeat of her over that and he didn’t!
For heaven’s sake, she said that it isn’t just that the police that have “implicit bias;” we all do. Someone who wants to be President basically accused all white Americans of being racists. Trump should have kicked her teeth in over that comment (figuratively speaking).
I just don’t feel like Trump brought his A-game to this debate. It’s true that Hillary wasn’t able to get under his skin the way she wanted to. But he had so many opportunities to put her on the defensive and didn’t exploit them.
I found myself shouting, “Hammer that smug bitch, Donald! Hammer her!!!”
Sure, he got her good a few times, but he could have really yanked the rug out from under her and sent her reeling and he didn’t.
Hillary’s entire delivery was so canned and scripted, he could have easily knocked her off her game.
The Enslaved Press will overwhelming declare Hillary the winner tonight. And I think she was.
The problem is, she didn’t deserve to win it. She lied through her teeth. She relied heavily on oppo-research and snotty comments. Everything she said was over-rehearsed and overly scripted.
Trump could have gotten the best of her just by throwing her off-script. But he failed to do it.
I’m frustrated as hell over that. There were so many golden opportunities to just rip her to shreds and he let virtually every single one of them fly by.
Hopefully now that he’s faced her and has a feel for her game plan, Trump can get the better of her next time. But he didn’t do it tonight.
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