Tonight when she takes the stage for the first presidential debate with Donald Trump at Hofstra University It’s a given Hillary Clinton enters the debate with a superior advantage in knowledge of policy, international and domestic issues, gravitas, substance and will not at any time brag about her lady parts.
If Trump gets through the debate without calling Clinton a “lyin’ ass bitch”, he’ll be declared the winner by those already predisposed to do so. That’s okay. My own expectations are we’re going to have a substantive and civil discourse on matters of great importance in a dignified debate.
Kidding! I’m appalled this debate has been framed like a heavyweight fight and the only question is how many jabs and feints will it take before the big knockout punch is thrown.
I will be watching the debates with a glass of sangria in one hand and the TV remote in the other so I can follow the Falcons vs. Saints game. I have a Saints receiver starting for my fantasy football team (The Blair Walsh Project) and I’d like to finish my weekend strong. However, as a good American, I am skilled at viewing two vastly different events at the same time and thus switch between a relatively meaningless early NFL game and an important discussion between two wildly unpopular and disliked people vying for the right to lead a nation into peace or war.
James Fallows on why we will watch and what it will mean
Clinton has the burden is to show she can be trusted. Trump has the burden of trying to appear, not only presidential, but sane. He’s got the easier lift.
If you don’t have time to read Fallows’ analysis of the first debate, take 4:49 and it sums it up nicely.
Trump cannot immediately become an American dictator if he wins. But within four years? Challenge accepted!
Make no mistake about it. Donald Trump would be like no other president we’ve ever had because he’s like no other presidential candidate we’ve ever seen. No need to go down the list of Trump’s personality quirks, propensity to lie repeatedly even when he doesn’t have to, or the policy proposals and statements which would be nightmarish in their effect or just flat-out unconstitutional as proposed.
There is something about Trump which tells me he wouldn’t be an American dictator. He’s vicious and evil enough, but also too lazy to commit to it. He’s not philosophically motivated or driven by ideology to pursue the means to accomplish the ends of dismantling democracy. Anyone as flaky as Trump can be isn’t going to round-up all his enemies and waterboard them when he becomes Commander-in-Chief. That’s too small. Sure, he’d make their lives a living hell, but that sort of fun and games will be President Trump’s downtime distraction in-between starting a war with Iran or North Korea and shooting the shit with his new butt-buddy, Vladimir Putin.
There will be no dull days with Trump in the White House. He may walk into the Situation Room in a foul mood because the First Lady wouldn’t give him a handjob last night, so now he’s ready to bomb the bejesus outta somebody and shout, “Bring me the nuclear football!”
Nothing to worry about. Just the fate of the free world. That’s all.