OK, Hillary Clinton won the 95-minute debate last night at Hofstra University, New York. NBC anchor Lester Holt, who, remember had replaced Brian Williams on Nightly News after “exaggeration-gate”, did a steady job as the lecture hall professor asking the oral exam questions. NBC’s summary is here. I actually watched in in a bar on CNN (“You love your own reality”, like a witch – story and videos ).
Trump kept on interrupting Clinton, and spoke for about five minutes later. Jack Andraka (Stanford University “undergraduate” cancer researcher) wrote “reminds me of a painful holiday dinner with distant relatives -- yelling over me doesn’t make you right.”
The climatic moment came at the end when Trump said “I have a winning temperament”, hesitating before saying the word the way he chokes on the “Q” of “LGBTQ”. It's as if temperament is as permanent as leg hair.
Clinton did have full stamina during the debate.
Trump also kept on saying the word “bad”. It’s as if he’s seen the famous viral tweet of popular NYC musician Timo Andres about one’s whole life output being a “process piece that gets progressively less bad”. Yes, I think Trump saw that tweet and it sticks in his mind. But Hillary Clinton, besides talking about the “basket of deplorables” in the past (not last night), I think one time inadvertently quoted a key line of the movie “Judas Kiss”: “Most people walk in the direction they’re headed.”
As for that movie, Shane Lyons really is no “gay Donald Trump.” True, he gets what he wants (Danny). Shane is not exactly the conquistador that Trump imagines himself to be. It’s Trump who is the real bad boy.
Trump did make some valid points about currency manipulation and the loss of jobs to China and Mexico. (Is he going where Porter Stansberry wants to take us with talk about losing status as reserve currency). Hillary didn’t completely answer him. And there is a significant electorate in swing states that just wants that old way of life with manufacturing jobs back. But the new jobs should be in making cars, tech components, and especially in new power grid components (which I wish the candidates would talk about explicitly). We need to make more of our transformers at home for national security reasons.
Clinton mentioned paid family leave, without saying how to pay for it except with higher taxes on the rich.
She also discounted claims that "stop and frisk" is necessary to reduce crime in large cities. In New York City, it was stopped by Di Blasio, but crime did not go back up when it was stopped. And the policy never recovered many guns (Tom Foreman, CNN). Clinton wants to prohibit people on no-fly lists from buying guns.
Trump said he would release his tax returns, against legal advice, when Hillary releases her deleted emails, which have nothing to do with taxes.
The debate on national security did not get as specific as it might have. Clinton noted that NATO members have one another’s backs and had ours after 9/11. (Germany helped fly patrols over the US.) There was not the detail on cybersecurity or Internet recruiting of terrorists that there might have been.
Trump has also drawn flak today for his treatment of a former Miss Universe who then gained a lot of weight. His behavior has existential implications for the stability of all adult intimate relationships, and says a lot about resilience.