The #1 trend on Twitter right now is #TrumpWon - thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2016
Thirsty? Get your glass and fill it with these liberal tears.
It's over. Trump, the egoist, the racist, the narcissist, the liar, "won." We all lost. His numbers will go up. She told the truth. So what.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) September 27, 2016
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.
Now for the book plug because the past primary season is prelude to this election.
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