Did Chris Wallace replace Biden as the Democrat nominee?

Did Chris Wallace replace Biden as the Democrat nominee?

Here’s a headline on FoxNews.com from Sunday: “Chris Wallace says he hopes to be ‘as invisible as possible’ during first Trump-Biden debate.”

Yeah. He failed.

Now, anyone who lived through the 2016 debates between Trump and Hillary went into last night’s street brawl knowing that Trump would be facing off against two adversaries – the Democrat nominee and the moderator.

But Chris Wallace was so bad, he surpassed the combative hostility of the Trump/Clinton moderators by a country mile.

And I think Candy Crowley just lost the title of “Worst Debate Moderator in the History of the Universe.”

Chris should have stuck with his goal of remaining invisible and just let the two candidates hammer each other.

It was brutal and ugly, yes. But as Jesse Kelly always says, “politics is a contact sport.” I think this debate would have been far more productive if Chris Wallace had just shut the hell up.

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Would it have been more brutal and ugly?  Probably.

But Presidents have to deal with chaos, uncertainty, and turmoil on a regular basis. Chris Wallace white-knighting for Biden and attempting to save him from attack was a clear signal to me that Joe Biden is not equipped to deal with chaos, uncertainty and turmoil.

Whereas, Trump having to face off against two adversaries in one debate pretty much confirmed that, when it comes to chaos, uncertainty and turmoil, Trump is equipped to deal with it because this is what he deals with from the adversarial, slanderous press and dishonest DC politicians on a daily basis.

Chris Wallace spent more time debating Trump than Biden did. Any time the President drew blood, Chris rushed in like Under Dog saving the helpless Polly Purebred.

Here he comes to save the day!!

Other than Chris Wallace being the biggest loser, I can’t say who won the debate.

Biden didn’t drool all over the lectern or wander off backstage, so the media will praise him and claim he got the better of Trump.

But if Biden hadn’t been repeatedly rescued by Chris Wallace every time Trump challenged him, it would have been a disastrous night for Biden. I mean, his campaign didn’t need to give him an ear-bud what with Chris Wallace there to pull old Joe’s nuts out of the fire.

I will concede that Trump’s constant barrage of interruptions often got in his own way. He is much better when he can hit his opponent with a single knock-out punch. As a result of the constant barrage, Trump often let one-punch knock-outs slip past him.

And you know something? That is the same criticism I made of Trump after his first debate against Hillary and Lester Holt.

I can’t help but wonder if Trump uses the first debate against an opponent to throw everything he can at the wall to see what sticks.

Unlike the typical career DC politician, Trump doesn’t have a long history with Biden. For a year and a half, Joe has been hurling slanders and lies at Donald Trump unchallenged. Last night was the very first time these two came face-to-face in an election season that began in January of 2019.

I wonder if Trump used last night’s debate as his first face-to-face opportunity to size up his opponent, find his weaknesses, and determine what lines of attack cause the most damage.

Because this is exactly what Trump did in 2016.

While Trump didn’t bring his A-Game to that first debate against Hillary (and Lester Holt), twelve days later when they met again, Trump was on his game. He was able to temper his responses for maximum effect. And, boy, did he know how to best Hillary.

If you recall, it was from the second debate that we heard the now infamous “You’d be in jail” zinger.

There were so many times when he had Hillary on the ropes in that second debate, it was glorious to watch.

Keep in mind, Debate #2 was just a couple days after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape. Hillary went into that debate thinking the “pussy” tape was going to be her ace in the hole. And thanks to Trump’s masterful handling of her, and despite Anderson Cooper’s attempts to make hay over it, Trump succeeded in turning the Access Hollywood tape into a non-issue in real time.

I think we’re going to see a very different strategy from Trump in the next debate. He spent last night searching for all the effective lines of attack against old Joe. And because of that, Trump will be in fighting form when next they meet.

I think the Biden supporters in the media know that as well – which is probably why they are now urging old Joe to pull out of the other two debates.

Sure, they’re claiming it’s because Trump acted like an unruly lout. But that isn’t why. They saw what I saw, even if they refuse to acknowledge it publicly.

Trump is a learning debater.

He used his time last night to figure out how to target his opponent.

And even with the chaos of last night’s debate, Trump still managed to get Biden cornered on more than one occasion.

You think the Trump campaign isn’t going to make full use of Biden’s insane “Antifa is an idea, not an organization” comment?

The dumbstruck response from Biden when Trump demanded he name one police organization that has endorsed him was brutal as hell.

And clearly, despite all these months to prepare, the Biden campaign still has not come up with a strategy to handle any questions about Hunter’s shady foreign business deals.

Truth is, if Chris Wallace remained as invisible as he claimed he wanted, there would have been far more devastating blows landing on the demented old coot (which, by the way, is exactly why Wallace didn’t remain invisible).

The reason Chris Wallace wasn’t able to do the same in 2016 that he did last night was timing and placement. Wallace moderated the final debate between Trump and Hillary. By that time, Trump knew exactly how to combat the former Miss Rodham and her savior moderators. The first two debates honed Trump’s skill and sharpened his attacks. By the final debate, there was little Chris Wallace could do to stop the Trump juggernaut.

I have no doubt that the Trump we see in the next debate against old Joe will be equally honed and sharpened. He knows now what attacks work; he knows on what issues Biden is most vulnerable. And he will use everything he gleaned last night to the fullest.

Unless, of course, Team Biden huffily refuses to send their old, brain-scrambled candidate into the ring.

On a related note:

The media might be spinning this as a Biden win, but over at Telemundo – the Spanish language network – things look very different.

While Biden might have wowed the media and the die-hard Trump-hating ResistanceLOL, one of the constituencies he desperately needs weren’t impressed in the least.

Ouch. That’s painful.

Don’t worry. I have more to say about this debate. But I’ll save it for another post.

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12 thoughts on “Did Chris Wallace replace Biden as the Democrat nominee?

  • September 30, 2020 at 7:47 am

    PatriotRetort.com kind of likened Trump to measuring an opponent like a boxer in early rounds. It will only work if there are more debates. That said, I think Trump gave his folks enough and Biden gave his supporters enough. Wallace came off bad, jaundiced, and biased. Bad look for the Fox anchor.

  • September 30, 2020 at 8:28 am

    great analysis as always. one nitpick, being a great Wally Cox fan, it was Underdog who saved sweet Polly Purebread. and like creepy Uncle Joe, he’d use his Super Energy Pill.

    • September 30, 2020 at 8:59 am

      Crap! What did I say? I knew that. Oh, man. Sorry. I fixed it. Thanks

      • September 30, 2020 at 11:40 am

        again great great column as alway, yet…

        you corrected Mighty Mouse with Underdog, but your next line…

        Underdog would say ‘There’s no need to fear. Underdog is here’. Mighty Mouse would be ‘Here I come to save the day’. Remember the delicious Andy Kaufman skit singing it on Saturday Night Live (when it was funny a la Bass-O-Matic)

        • September 30, 2020 at 12:02 pm

          I’m fairly certain the reason I mistakenly put “Mighty Mouse” is because of those two sentences, “Here he comes to save the day” was the first one I wrote, so I must’ve had Mighty Mouse on the brain. Initially, I had used Dudley Do-Right and Nell, not Underdog & Polly Purebred. And it got changed in rewrites.

          • September 30, 2020 at 1:33 pm

            ah, Nell Fenwick. That would be giving Chris Wallace too much credit. Dudley was dumb but he always caught snidely whiplash in the end. Actually I think horse used to help Dudley win. That was his horses name, horse.

            So maybe you could say Joe Biden was Dudley do right, and Chris Wallace was horse.

            My pick would see Chris Wallace as Tennessee tuxedo’s sidekick walrus named Chumley, “da, gee Gropey Joe, her hair does smell great”.

  • September 30, 2020 at 8:40 am

    As I watched this travesty last night I asked myself:’ when did Candy Crowley get a sex change?’
    At least she looks more feminine now.Every time Trump went to nail Biden,Wallace jumped in to save him.There was discussion at work last night about Plugs constantly looking down like he had the questions on the podium and somebody was giving him the answers. I reallt don’t think they’re going to let him try another debate. He dodged a major bullet and it’s doubtful they let him push his luck.

  • September 30, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Ever since 2016 I’ve been irritated to the max over the fact that this particular exercise in political theater can’t be more evenly refereed. Letting a lefty prog bastard like Chris Wallace “moderate” this debate is like letting the boxing referee wear gloves and give one of the combatants rabbit punches from behind all the time. Why can’t a more neutral person be found? Truth be told I’ve thought this about previous debates but Mittens and Mean Mr McCain were such hapless eunuchs it wouldn’t have made a difference anyway.

  • September 30, 2020 at 11:20 am

    “…Trump often let one-punch knock-outs slip past him.”
    “…[shoulda, coulda, woulda] have been far more devastating blows landing on the demented old coot…”

    Agreement here. Dabait #1 was Trump playing the long game — strategically baiting the opponent to assess vulnerabilities. And as Trump acknowledged, he has two debate opponents — including the moderator (Dem media) — he must time a haymaker to bolt through BOTH opponents and land it squarely on Biden’s glass jaw.

    Last night was a fast 90 minutes of political intercourse


  • September 30, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Dianny, while I agree with your assessment, I would have liked to see Trump actually listen to several of Joe’s answers and then respond with the FACT that Joe had just said nothing. “I’m going to gather experts in Washington and then we’ll employ thousands of millions of people.”

    The one zinger I wanted to see was when Joe kept saying “Trump doesn’t care about you, the American people,” for Trump to respond, “After 47 years in government, Joe, the only people better off are your family members.”

  • September 30, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Speaking of “devastating blows,” maybe ol Joe was thinking Trump hadn’t forgotten his “I’d like to take him around back and throttle him” boast.
    Big words from a small man.

  • September 30, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Thought it was hilarious that “Dr.” Jill wore a mask to greet Plugs at the end of the smackdown.

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