From Glenn Reynolds: "SO I’D CALL IT A DRAW. Both Trump and Hillary left key points out. Neither looked awful, but neither looked great. And people I follow on social media seem equally divided."
In baseball, the tie goes to the runner. Trump won.
But it wasn't a tie. That's how the punditry saw it. America saw things differently. This was a big win for Trump.
This election is a referendum on Trump. Once you understand that, the pieces fall into place. All he has to do is look presidential -- and he did.
This was the Donald John Trump that I told readers about in my book. Every pundit in DC is wrong. Again. The online post-debate polls show this.
Not scientific? There is no such thing as a scientific poll. Get over it. Americans are looking for a president. They saw one last night. Unfiltered. Unapologetic. Unstoppable.
In other words, the debate did what it should do.
Neither side should complain. Trump confronted her. She deflected. Holt stayed out of the way (as I predicted). This was not his show. What would Chet Huntley do? Exactly what Lester Holt did. I will start watching NBC News again.
She went with the red power suit, while he went with the blue tie. Both were the same gold tone and blond, his with gray roots, hers with brown. I am emphasizing look because that is what this is, visuals. Both had trouble with listening. He glowered. She tried to be dismissive.
She just isn't presidential. She looked like a first lady. The split screen made them look like a husband and wife arguing.
Trump tried to be pleasant. At times, she rudely laughed at his answers.
He showed command of the issues and the facts, while occasionally Clinton sputtered. His line of attack was sure, she has the experience but it is the wrong kind of experience. A while back I said she has experience with foreign policy like Wile E. Coyote has experience with bombs.
The post-debate cliché was this debate will not change many minds. That was not the point of the debate. The point was to make Trump acceptable to those who want change but were not sure he was the right change agent.
A week from now polls should show him eating away Gary Johnson's votes, while Hillary's numbers are static. Many people who won't vote for Hillary but are unsure about Trump were with Johnson before the debate. That will end.
The media showed its uselessness by going on and on about the birther issue. I watched the post-debate pundits and they all said she won. How? I know why they think that. They like the policy wonk stuff. Never mind that the policy wonk was a walking disaster on foreign policy as a senator, and even worse as secretary of State. The press in Washington is convinced that policy wonks are always right because well, they "know" policy, right?
Just like Wile E. Coyote knows Acme's product line.
Drudge's poll was overwhelmingly in Trump's favor. He won.
Conservative Treehouse has links to Drudge and 14 other polls. It's Trump, Trump, Trump.
And of course, it would not be a Trump debate without Frank Luntz getting it wrong.
Who won tonite's debate?— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) September 27, 2016
In my focus group, 6 people said Trump and 16 said Clinton. #DebateNight
You can say here: https://t.co/rFZYklEsdr
Camp Clinton should be worried, wondering how they let the presidency slip away. Again.
By the way, Trump got in several good lines.
"I will release my tax returns when she releases the 30,000 emails she deleted." #debatenight— PJ Media (@PJMedia_com) September 27, 2016
donald: it's about time this country has somebody running it who knows something about money. boom!— John Gibson (@GibsonRadio) September 27, 2016
HRC: "I have a feeling that by the end of this evening I'm going to be blamed for everything that's every happened."— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 27, 2016
Trump: "Why not?" pic.twitter.com/rCvyPbka5m
trump: the worst revival of an economy. big fat ugly bubble. fed doing political by keeping rates down. bad time coming when fed raises.— John Gibson (@GibsonRadio) September 27, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump on calling @HillaryClinton "Secretary Clinton": "Is that okay?...I want you to be very happy." https://t.co/LKkNquN1Gk— ABC News (@ABC) September 27, 2016
Trump: "You've been doing this for 30 years"; Why are you just thinking about solutions now? https://t.co/EE9jgdL8Ou https://t.co/q3ttxUiYri— CNN (@CNN) September 27, 2016
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