I was anticipating all dirty tricks would be played but these are over the top and when John McCain withdrew his support for Trump yesterday...it was quintessential "sabotaging mole suddenly quits" scenario. Now it looks like a stampede of "Republican" leaders are leaving the Trump camp.
The first question is about "modelling appropriate behavior for today's youth". Hillary is saying "we're great because we're good" she's sounding rather robotic....buzz words, economic and education. Her outfit is designed to make her look like a nun. The white cowl and the black background.
Trump sounds very subdued and I've heard two sniffs so far....mike problems again?
Now the gay interviewer is going for the jugular...asking Trump about the 11 year old sexual allegation. Cooper is going for the jugular..."Have you ever done those things (groping). Trump is keeping to the points about jihaddists and the wars abroad. Now Hillary is acting like the school marm or mother superior...now she's saying that "Starting back in June I said he's not fit to be Commander in Chief".
Hillary is playing the feminist card. It's not working for her. Women know that men talk like this...we're married to them! It's called Testosterone! She's being sanctimonious and it's not working for her. I would make mince meat of her by bringing up her cackling "We came, we saw..he died!" Trump says "It's Just Words". He's fighting back. Great! Lots of sniffing into the microphone.
Another question about the video tape...are they going to spend the whole night on this
Who cares about what he said 11 years ago. The sniffing is very LOUD.
She has nothing to respond except to distract. She says Donald never apologizes...to a war veteran...etc., it's getting very dirty..."Our Children Were Watching".... They're both right down in the gutter...talking all this small, dirty politics...Donald Trump is sniffing very loud between every three words.
"Because You'd be in Jail!"....the first point scored of the evening...by Donald Trump to Hillary's comment that everyone should be grateful he's not in charge of the judiciary system in the US.
Healthcare. Nobody mentions the real problem...insurance companies and their propaganda/advertising machine that is sucking all the money out of the system...money that would cover a real comprehensive program. Trump condemns the Canadian system...line ups too long. Yes it is slow.... but there is NO insulting monetary quantitative of human lives.
Anti-muslim sentiments. Donald doesn't get or pretends not to get that the anti-muslim concocted sentiments in the US are a false flag in and of themselves. Based on the lies of 9/11 and all the other false flags...includes the San Bernardino false flag that he mentions. Hillary is blah blah blah.
Talking about an invasion into the US by Syrians without mentioning why the Syrians are leaving their countries. Both Trump and Hillary positions on the Middle East are based on the foundation of 9/11 lies....a cancer deeply embedded in the governance.
Hillary goes rank Russophobia...blaming Russia for the destruction in Syria!!!! What a frigging liar!!!
Donald is gaining in strength and Hillary seems to be floundering.
Public and Private Positions. Hillary references the Stephen Spielberg movie "Lincoln". Spielberg...the great Israeli propagandist in Hollywood. Hillary doesn't answer the question but does turn the topic to Russia again...blames Russia for tampering with the election. Now she's asking for Donald to release his Tax Returns.
Donald very capably responds to the Russia/Trump so-called connection. This was his best moment so far. He says very believably that "I don't know Russia. I don't have any business there."
Hillary is coming out strongly on the tax issue. Anderson Cooper is coming out for Hillary in a follow up question...he's definitely a democratic plant in this question. It's like a two on one pile up.
Something about "carried interest" I don't understand.
Trump says that for 30 years she's had the ability to make these changes she's talking about but she's done nothing but talk. Now Hillary is referring back to her work as "First Lady", rather than her work as Senator from New York.
Going to "Syrian Ambulance Boy" again for the next question. All propaganda. Channeling the holocaust. You know that the propaganda will be over the top. Hillary is going full Russophobia...need "some leverage with the Russians because they're not going to come to the negotiation table without some leverage." Hillary says: "Russia has decided that it's "All In" in Syria."
Trump: "She talks tough about the rebels...she doesn't even know who the rebels are."
Trump: They always warning the targets we're going to be attacking. Questioner: "There are times the government needs to do that." Trump: I can't think of one reason why.
Trump says Aleppo has already fallen.
Hillary says she would use "Special forces, enablers and trainers"....hellooo...is this the ISIS that everyone is talking about?
Hillary wants to signal the Kurdish fighters that they need to be in this...Hmmmm. Arming the kurds. The Kurds have been our best partners in Syria and Iraq. This is the principle way.
Question about whether the candidate would represent ALL the people.
Trump...very good response. She's all talk, she doesn't get it done.
Hillary: She sounds like she's scripted to a response to a question she was advised was going to be asked in advance. She's very "thoughtful" in her response. "The Trump effect...Bullying is up"...blaming Trump as for "bullying"?
Cooper is asking Hillary another staged question about the "basket of deplorables". She calls Trumps comments "brutal".
Cooper asks Trump yet another staged question about the tweets....Trump responds adequately yet he should just forget about Twitter.
Cooper asks Hillary whether Trump would be a good president...She says "No". Trump says "I'm shocked" the audience laughs.
last question about nominating Supreme Court Justices.
Hillary expands the question to voting rights, abortion rights and marriage equality. She says that Trump's candidates for the SC would reverse the above rights.
Trump mentions Justice Scalia and says he will nominate someone who thinks like him. Important point he's making now..,.someone who will support the constitution and the right to bear arms.
Asks Hillary why she's not putting her own money into her own campaign....since she's made so much money as Secretary of State and while in public life.
Last Question on energy needs:
Trump: EPA is too restrictive and is putting our energy companies out of business. Obama is destroying our energy business. Clean coal is the answer to our national debt. We need to bring back our workers. In Steel workers. We need to guard our energy companies.
Hillary. China is dumping steel in America and Donald Trump is using that steel to build his buildings. She's now talking about energy independence. She doesn't want to "worry about what's going on in the Middle East". She supports moving towards renewable energy. She's being given a lot of time to meander around answering this question.
Last, Last question. What would you respect about the other:
Hillary respects Trump's children. "This is not an ordinary time and this is not an ordinary election"...so true!
Trump has agreed about her compliment about his children. He respects her determination and refusal to quit. He thinks that a very good trait.
Last debate on October 19th. I will give an analysis of this one after I've had a break and a moment to think about what transpired.
Analysis: I think Trump won this...not by a large margin but he did win it. His whole attitude was different than from the last debate. Was this planned? Come in low and build? Well, he didn't sit back and take it in this debate...he injected pithy side comments. He went for the jugular...as she did...and as the media monitors did...or tried to do.
They set Hillary up with some good lead questions but she didn't maximize on them. Too much school marm...too much mother superior. Her worst efforts were to refer to her years as "First Lady" as reference to be president and to her husband's success with the economy (during boom years) as reference to how she will do. These are none starters.
Perhaps the worst is past for Trump but perhaps not. I heard a rumour today that there's a tape out there somewhere with him using the "N" word. Perhaps that will come out next week. Definitely Karl Rove is holed up somewhere with all his honchos and pizza deliveries every few hours. It's going to get nastier, folks.
But, in the final analysis, although I believe Trump won this debate and will likely carry over to the last debate...in the end they will defraud the American people via the electronic "voting" machines and the electoral college. That's why Hillary had that smug smile on her face throughout. In her mind this was all just a charade for the benefit of the deplorables.