It’s always interesting to go to sleep after a presidential debate and then wake up the next morning thinking about what just happened. Some debates in the past — especially any featuring Mitt Romney or John McCain — could have put you to sleep. Not last night’s throw down between Hillary and Trump, however. Here are some thoughts I have this morning after watching what I think was the most exciting and surreal presidential debate ever.
1. The Town Hall format is a stupid sham. Let’s be real about this. Why continue this farce? First, the people allowed int he audience are all specifically selected by some polling company. They say they are “undecideds” (which to me means they are so stupid that they couldn’t choose between a Big Mac and chicken nuggets if they had five hours at a Drive-Thru) but is that really true? Listen to the questions asked by the ones that were allowed to talk. I think they way they phrased things or the topics they chose to talk about reveal that they aren’t “undecided” at all. On top of that, CSPAN revealed how the whole process works: once these “undecided” people are chosen, they are given four cards to fill out, with one question per card. Then, Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz or people working for them went through the cards and selected which ones they wanted people to ask during the debate. I don’t think you can really still call something a Town Hall forum if you pick what people are allowed to ask. Isn’t the whole point of a Town Hall that regular people stand up and speak and it’s all unpredictable? Like going to a local village board meeting. No one clears what you can talk about beforehand. The Presidential Debate Commission needs to retire this Town Hall format because it’s just become a time-waster, with various people in an audience asking canned, pre-approved questions that were selected by the debate moderators. So what’s the point of even having these “townspeople” when they have been essentially gagged and muted and are just reading lines prepared for them?
2. Trump did what Mitt Romney and John McCain should have done in years past…and I cheered! I really loved it when Trump would call out Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz on their bias and the way that they would interrupt Trump but not Hillary. Haven’t we all had enough of this? During these debates, Trump and Hillary will get into some interesting exchanges…but then the moderators jump in and want to move things along to some other schizophrenic topic. Why not allow the American people to hear from the candidates? The moderators seem to feel that they have this one moment in the spotlight and they want to get as much out of the spotlight as possible, so they interrupt and tell the candidates to stop talking to prove that they are important. What they don’t realize is that nobody cares about these moderators. If they need to feel special and important, they should get a therapist to tell them how special they are for $400/hour. Why can’t the two candidates just have a conversation for 90 minutes and talk about their differences and why they each feel they should have the job of being president? Why do we need Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz and Lester Holt and that Hispanic/Asian Woman from the VP debate? What value do they add to the proceedings?
3. Trump was really effective using humor against Hillary. There is no comeback possible for ridicule. He made her look really stupid with some well-delivered humorous jabs. This is something that Republicans never seem to understand, but regular people gravitate towards. My favorite line from Trump last night popped up during an exchange where Hillary said that Trump should never be president…and he told her she wouldn’t want that because she’d be in jail. I hope he keeps hammering the promise that if he’s elected he will demand a special prosecutor to look over the FBI’s mishandling of that email investigation. I believe that FBI Director Comey should be in jail too, along with current AG Loretta Lynch. Everyone who engaged in political posturing and interfered with that investigation needs to go to jail. And stay there for a while. I know that there must still be good and decent people working at the FBI. This is similar to how we are always told that there are good Muslims out there, somewhere. Even though no one can ever find these good Muslims, they are supposedly out there somewhere. If that’s true, then I don’t understand why those mythical good Muslims don’t speak out against the other Muslims who are killing gays, mistreating women, blowing things up, and plotting against the United States. If there really are good people still working in the FBI, then they need to come out from hiding and speak out against Director Comey and Loretta Lynch. The FBI has destroyed its credibility and can no longer be trusted, just as the IRS cannot be trusted. Do people think this will get better or worse with the Clintons back in the White House?
4. It was surreal having Bill Clinton’s victims in the audience. They need to come to the next debate too. But when they tell their stories, they need to understand that most people have never heard any of this before. Sometimes when they speak, they think it’s the 1990s again and everyone knows all the details. Millennials are the laziest and most self-absorbed generation we’ve ever had in this country. If it didn’t happen 15 minutes ago, they don’t know about it. If it happened before they were even born, you might as well be telling them about dinosaurs eating breakfast in the Jurassic period. Bill’s victims need to understand just how attention-deficit and ignorant Millennials are…so when they speak, they need to do more to get the Millennials to understand how horrific everything was that Bill did to them. They can’t mince words or hold back. Millennials don’t have the patience or the natural smarts to pick up on euphemisms and innuendo. And it’s Millennials who really need to hear this stuff, because the rest of us lived through it all and remember it.
5. The Establishment really wants to stop Trump and it’s clear that the GOP is part of the Establishment. We are in such a strange place politically right now. I think it’s clear we have three true parties at the moment, even if only two are recognized formally: we have the Democrats, who were taken over the Left and will continue to be a far-Left party for the foreseeable future, based on how popular Bernie Sanders ended up being. Then we have the GOP, which is clearly run by the Establishment…and that Establishment wants Hillary Clinton to win because she is seen as one of them. And if Hillary would win, nothing would change and the Establishment would keep its comfy existence. And then there’s the Deplorables, which I think is actually the majority of the country. The Deplorables are looked down upon by Democrats and the Establishment. Trump might be running under the Republican framework but he is clearly the candidate of the Deplorables…which I define as people who love America and hate what the Establishment has been doing to this country.
If Hillary Clinton would win, I think that all of the tension and stress and problems we have now will just get worse. There will be years of continued scandal, since she proved that she creates new scandals instead of just trying to hide things her husband did. All of this email business and Benghazi and Libya and now Syria are her own scandals. The things she does that George Soros tells her to do are all on her, not her husband. I don’t know who wants to sit through all of this unraveling and new terrible things happening for the next four years.
On the other hand, you have Donald Trump, who has proven that he’s not afraid to shake things up or burn things to the ground. He was brave enough to do things that John McCain and Mitt Romney never had the guts to do during these debates. He horrified the Establishment by calling those moderators out and by punching back twice as hard at everything the Left threw at him in recent days.
Isn’t that who you’d want to be president? A fighter? A brass-knuckled pugilist who will take the fight to everyone who deserves to be punched down a few pegs? I don’t know about you, but that’s what I want to see. The entire Establishment needs to come crashing down. I saw that back in 2008 and felt that everything has been rigged in the last 8 years, with George Soros in particular having too much power and sway over our country. He is a living, breathing James Bond villain…and no one does a damn thing about him.
Do you think that Hillary Clinton would ever do anything about George Soros?
I’m not sure if Donald Trump would have it on his agenda, but I think there’s at least a chance that Soros would be stopped by Trump. If anyone on earth would move against Soros, it would be Trump. That became clear again during the debate last night, as I think when Trump brought up Soros twice it was the first time ever that this evil creature was ever discussed during a presidential debate. That’s a start.
I can’t wait to see what happens on October 19th, though I wish these things went on longer and I wish there were no interruptions of the candidates from the sock puppets who are moderating. Let’s try the last one without a moderator and see what happens.
What did you think of the debate last night?
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