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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What Trump won last night

This post on what Trump won last night can be summed up in one word.


Thirsty? Get your glass and fill it with these liberal tears.

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame also said Trump won the election last night. I will disagree for two reasons: he's wrong, and Adams already said Trump won after her 9-11 collapse. But Adams got the debate right, just as he got the nomination right. More on Adams later.

While the punditry calls it a draw or a Clinton win -- while Trump surrogates try to work the ref, Lester Holt -- I am looking at the online polls on who won.

Time: Trump 58%.

Drudge: Trump 81%.

A host of others.

Now I know that many readers wanted Trump to do "better" than he did. But you must know what his goal was: look presidential. That's it. He beats her on every policy issue because the economy sucks, terrorists run rampant, and the border is made of Swiss cheese. He has her beat on enthusiasm; he draws Obama-sized crowds, she draws Jeb-sized crowds. He beats her on trustworthiness. There is a bigly difference (and yes, bigly was a word before this election) between getting a number wrong, and lying to the FBI and then lying about the lie.

Pittsburgh columnist Salena Zito went to Youngstown, Pennsylvania, and filed this report:
How Trump won over a bar full of undecideds and Democrats
Ken Reed sat down at the main bar of the Tin Lizzy tavern with two things in mind: to dig into the tavern’s oversize cheese steak, and watch the presidential debate.
“I am hungry and undecided, in that order,” he said, digging into the savory dish in a bar that dates back to 1746.
Kady Letoksy, a paralegal by day, a waitress and bartender at night at the Tin Lizzy, sat beside him. At 28, she has never voted before, and she is now thinking it might be a good idea to start.
Letosky entered the evening undecided in a town that is heavily Democratic in registration. Her sister and father are on opposite sides of the political aisle. Donald “Trump had the upper hand this evening,” she said, citing his command of the back-and-forth between him and Hillary Clinton.
Reed, 35, is a registered Democrat and small businessman. “By the end of the debate, Clinton never said a thing to persuade me that she had anything to offer me or my family or my community,” he said, sitting at the same bar that has boasted local icons as regulars, such as the late Fred Rogers, and Arnold Palmer, who had his own stash of PM Whiskey hidden behind newer bottles of whiskey for his regular visits.
How is that different from a Frank Luntz focus group? Luntz is always wrong on Trump debates. Zito nailed the Trump nomination early and often. Why listen to losers like who were Trumped and now want readers to think this time they will get it right?

Oh because it is fun.

From the Never Trump National Review:
On the whole, it was a night that probably won’t shift the race appreciably. Hillary benefits from the projection of thoughtful competence and the lack of an opponent who could harpoon that image by tying her ideas to real world disasters. At times, Trump showed indications that he could be such an opponent, but not if he doesn’t do his homework.
I would link but when have they linked me?

From John Podhoretz:
His supporters should be furious with him, and so should the public in general. By performing this incompetently, by refusing to prepare properly for this exchange, by not learning enough to put meat on the bones of his populist case against Clinton, he displayed nothing but contempt for the people who have brought him this far — and for the American people who are going to make this momentous decision on Nov. 8.
I would link, but he blocked me on Twitter.

Besides, he is wrong.

It is not over, but Uncle Mo -- as in momentum -- is on his side.

From Zito: "Trump probably connects better with such voters than did Romney in 2012, or John McCain in 2008; a large part of the reason is his outside-the-box style. Yet for him to win the state, such voters need to turn out in force — here and elsewhere — to offset Philly’s overwhelming numbers."

Not since Harry Truman 68 years ago has a Democrat won the presidency without Pennsylvania.

Now from Scott Adams:
Trump was defensive, and debated poorly at points, but he did not look crazy. And pundits noticed that he intentionally avoided using his strongest attacks regarding Bill Clinton’s scandals. In other words, he showed control. He stayed in the presidential zone under pressure. And in so doing, he solved for his only remaining problem. He looked safer.
By tomorrow, no one will remember what either of them said during the debate. But we will remember how they made us feel. 
Clinton won the debate last night. And while she was doing it, Trump won the election. He had one thing to accomplish – being less scary – and he did it.
The election is not won, but the debate was because while Hillary impressed the press, Trump impressed the voters.


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  1. "The election is not won, but the debate was because while Hillary impressed the press, Trump impressed the voters."

    Not me, nor did a great many of the mixed bag of commenters to Ann Althouse's "The Big Debate" post last night.

    I particularly liked:

    320Busdriver said...
    Ask Trump about the triad... he studied that.

  2. Trump wins the online polls, but not the ones where a person asks the questions, huh?

    That tells us that there's a lot of hidden Trump voters, who will voice their support for him anonymously online, but not to a pollster who they fear will look down their nose at them.

    The Trump vote is like an iceberg, largely hidden out of sight. Which makes Hillary the RMS Titanic. The RMS, by the way, stood for "Royal Mail Ship", and it's about time the Evil Queen got the news.

    Just as an addendum, I hope someone has managed to get a post-debate photo of Clinton. Whatever they pumped her full of in order to keep her on her feet for the debate is liable to drop her awful sudden, I reckon.

    1. Dave, it's a white substance that P.J. O'Rourke called Bolivian Marching Powder. Before too long, Hill will be hoovering it up like Pacino in Scarface.

  3. Nothing pleases me no end to see Moore's tent-like
    nickers in a twist .
    He is an Orwell pig..
    TG McCoy

  4. it is possible Clinton was given a one shot blast of IV steroids. This would completely suppress any cough for awhile and make her look good without being dangerous for her overall health.
    Trump is on the way up in the electoral count. Why should he try something risky like looking overbearing and mean to a poor old woman who bravely forced herself from a sick bed just to save America from him? His job was to not go down the fatal Al Gore path of sniggering and eye rolling contempt for her she and Lester wanted him to take, and he did not. Who "won" will not be known until friday or saturday when later polls come in.
    He should have the same persona in the next debate , maybe a little more polished, definitely add a few drops of humor, that great debate venom, fatal to Democrats in general and her in particular.

    1. I thought the same thing about the hydrocortisone.

  5. You know. I would say overall that Clinton got more hits than Trump did, but they were scattered all over. The hits Trump did get were all neatly grouped within the triangle.

  6. What's the central and telling difference between the Trump fortune and the Clinton fortune?

    Trump got rich BEFORE he went into politics. Clinton got rich by BEING in politics.

  7. Highlights in hillary SOS history:
    "Mr Russian ambassador here is this really cool red button we got at Staples that means reset, you will love this." "Is wrong. This means 'overcharged.'" "It's wrong?!? Cackle!!!
    Mrs Secretary, our ambassador in Libya has been murdered, along with 3 military support contractors. "Cackle!!"
    Mrs Secretary we know that Bill is cavorting with The Energizer at your NY home while you are away. No cackle.

  8. Hillary also was juiced up more than the 1972 East German women's Olympic swim team.

  9. The only state Reagan didn't carry in '84 was MN and he missed that by only 5000 votes.

    Contrast that with the Nixon '72 blowout where MA was the only state he didn't carry and that by 200,000 votes.

    It may not put every state in play, but the chessboard is far different than it was a week ago.

  10. I don't believe Moore's post. After he got done pleasuring himself over Hillary's performance, he wrote the Post of Doom to motivate the Democratic galley slaves. A strategy. Nothing...moore.