I'm feeling really good like my country was saved tonight! pic.twitter.com/ZfBk7gtnWg— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) October 10, 2016
I don't have to say who won the debate. But Debate No. 2 showed the Trumpian strategy for Debate No. 1. Old school rule: You are not allowed to hit a girl. Never, ever, never.
Unless she hits you. Then you have the right to defend yourself.
She hit him on Friday to deflect the Wikileak. That is a great Clintonian strategy that dates back to bombing pill factories in 1998 on the day Monica Lewinsky appeared before the grand jury.
But it is 2016, and that play became a fumble.
Saying the word "pussy" is tame compared to rape, and The Donald easily made that point before the debate by holding a press conference with a few of Clinton's victims. And yes, they are Hillary's victims. Including a raped 12-year-old girl:
At 12 years old, Hillary put me through something that you would never put a 12-year-old through. And she says she's for women and children. And she was asked last year on what happened and she says she's supposed to defend whether they they did it or not. Now she's laughing on tape, saying she know they did it.Then came the debate. We saw last night a Trump in control and under control. He had roped the dope, and he knew it. Team Clinton went for the jugular. He side-stepped and counter-punched. I see it as a knockout. But I am biased. Trump quickly established living quarters in her head with this early exchange:
HILLARY: I want to be the president for all Americans, regardless of your political beliefs, where you come from, what you look like, your religion. I want us to heal our country and bring it together because that’s, I think, the best way for us to get the future that our children and our grandchildren deserve.
MODERATOR: Secretary Clinton, thank you. Mr. Trump, you have two minutes.
DONALD: Well, I actually agree with that. I agree with everything she said. I began this campaign because I was so tired of seeing such foolish things happen to our country. This is a great country. This is a great land. I’ve gotten to know the people of the country over the last year-and-a-half that I’ve been doing this as a politician. I cannot believe I’m saying that about myself, but I guess I have been a politician.That set her back two paces. She smiled and thought she had him. She did not. Those first six words -- "Well, I actually agree with that" -- established him as a person who was not vicious, allowing him to be vicious in his attack, when warranted.
He later ended the show by saying something positive about her:
I will say this about Hillary. She doesn’t quit. She doesn’t give up. I respect that. I tell it like it is. She’s a fighter. I disagree with much of what she’s fighting for. I do disagree with her judgment in many cases. But she does fight hard, and she doesn’t quit, and she doesn’t give up. And I consider that to be a very good trait.Of course, they asked him about using the word pussy in a private talk eleven years ago, Trump said:
Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it. I hate it. But it’s locker room talk, and it’s one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS. We’re going to defeat ISIS. ISIS happened a number of years ago in a vacuum that was left because of bad judgment. And I will tell you, I will take care of ISIS.Well played. With the exception of the media and Hillary partisans (but I repeat myself) people think the Islamic State is worse than Trump saying pussy.
It was his night.
Oh, he is not going to flip a single Hillary voter. They are high-minded, better educated, and morally superior.
Trump neither wants nor needs them. Let Republican Congressman Chaffetz go walk the high road and denounce our hero. Who cares? Chaffetz's state -- Utah -- is solidly Trump now. That matters.
The voters Trump wanted to flip belonged to Gary Johnson or the couch. Plenty of people don't vote because they do not see the point. Jeb or Hillary, what is the difference? If not for Trump -- despite decades of watching the national political scene -- I would be on the couch. Seriously. There is a point where the futility gets to you.
As for the Johnson voters, they do not want Clinton, but they fear Trump.
He made himself less scary last night.
Oh moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz were horribly partisan, which I think benefited Trump. Raddatz like many women in the media are fully vested in Missus Clinton. At one point, it became the Trump-Raddatz debate, which helped him enormously. The media pissed away its credibility by openly lying in favor of the government and the Democratic Party. Cooper and Raddatz were caricatures of the liberal mainstream media.
But there was little the CNN crew could do to stop The Donald because the townhall format forced their candidate to discuss the issues, something she is terrible at because her policies all fail. War. Economy. Immigration. She is on the wrong side of history, and the wrong side of the best interests of America.
As for looks, not much changed from their first debate. He went with a red tie and she dressed up in a dollar bill. Nice outfit. Something a normal woman would wear.
But as the night wore on she looked pissed and faked laughs. She was defensive and unpleasant.
The best exchange of the night came a few moments after he said he will sic a special prosecutor on her.
HILLARY: "It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country."
DONALD: “Because you’d be in jail.”His supporters loved it.
We will see if Johnson supporters and those on the couch do.
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