20 long, dark nights for America: The Third Presidential Debate

by awindram

Twenty long, dark nights to go. 

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “That was really exciting. Made all of my points. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “That feeling when you win three straight debates.

Daily election article of interest: Homeless vote: 11 tent city dwellers on Clinton, Trump and choosing a president

And so we’re done with the campaign’s not very debate-y debates; they  were, if anything, a peepshow, a glimpse into the breakdown of a miscalibrated superego.

This, however, was the best of the debates, which is a bit like designating one of your bowel movements during a bout of diahorrea as “the best”. It was the least painful, but it’s all relative. That it was somewhat coherent and occassionally informative was primarily down to Fox News’ Chris Wallace as moderator. It’s suprising to write that considering his employer, but, to be completely fair, I seem to recall that GOP Primary debates hosted by Fox were the most successful of those car crashes – at least, from a moderator’s perspective. Wallace managed to keep some control of the evening without being overbearing and his blindsiding of the candidates with asking them to make final statements when none had been agreed beforehand was a brilliantly sly move.

Of course, all that will be remembered about this debate in the immediate aftermath is Trump’s refusal to say whether he will accept the legitimacy of the election result if it goes against him. “I will keep you in suspense,” was his glib response treating the very real concern that a man who is running for President has no trust in our democratic system and his response to our worries is to tease out his answer as if it were the season climax of one os his reality TV shows.

Perhaps, however, the long lasting soundbite and image, the one that will be recalled in the decades to come is his “such a nasty woman” comment about Hillary. What was shocking was the unneccessaryness about it, by which I don’t it was unecceassry in its rudeness (though it was) but it just came out of nowhere, it wasn’t part of a large rhetorical point he was making, or a calculated gamble to try and damage his opponent, it was just the unfiltered thought process of Trump being aired to the rest of America. That’s the thing aboutTrump, for all his talk about how the system and establishment are conspiring against him, eveything that trips him up is always self-inflicted.

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Here, if you’re interested in this sort of thing (and I hope, unlike me, you’re too sensible) is footage of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones watching Trump debate.

 

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