The most historic, anticipated presidential debate of our generation is finished, and the results were about what I excepted. As much as everyone has been looking forward to this debate, hoping for it to be an embarrassment for Hillary Clinton, I knew it wasn’t likely going to be a disaster for her. She has the entire mainstream media, political machine and billionaire donor systems behind her. They will not let her fail easily.
The entire debate, moderated by Lester Holt, was about trying to target Trump for previous gaffs, statements or comments. It wasn’t so much about policy, because the Democrats know that Hillary has absolutely nothing in that department, but instead it was about showmanship.
The political pundits knew that the winner of this debate wouldn’t be the person who brought up the best points, but the one who appeared to be most in control and presidential. Just when Trump started to make some good, damaging, remarks about Clinton, Lester Holt conveniently interrupted to move away from the topic. Holt also attempted to bog Trump down with past remarks, namely challenging his objection to the Iraqi war, and it worked to an extent.
Hillary Clinton’s responses were the typical, polished, rehearsed “feel-good” statements that every politician spews during every major election.
The Clinton campaign set out to put Trump on the defensive, and it worked. Rather than spending time defending his decision not to release his taxes, or arguing whether he was for or against the Iraq war, Trump needed to turn those questions around into topics that put the spotlight on Hillary Clinton’s many failures. In Trump’s defense, every time he started to really get a good point in on Clinton, Lester Holt seemed to decide to switch topics or interject and it always appeared Hillary had more time for her answers.
Politicians, lawyers and public speakers know how to twist arguments to their advantage, that’s why almost every major politician goes to law school. They can morph conjecture into facts and make their opponent look woefully unprepared.
And that’s what Hillary Clinton did to Donald Trump at tonight’s debate.
Understand, Trump is a businessman. He is also brutally honest, two things that do not mix well with modern politics. The majority of voters aren’t going to spend hours researching facts, most are too busy trying to make a living, and that’s why politicians put on a show. They portray themselves as smarter and more experienced than voters in attempt to gain their trust. Unfortunately, this time the practiced politician technically won, but will it be enough to swing the polls in Clinton’s favor?
Don’t be discouraged when the new national polls come out showing Clinton getting a boost from this debate. Whether it’s true or not, it was going to happen anyways. In my opinion, she will likely get a bump from the “middle of the road” voters, who probably haven’t watched either candidate’s rallies or speeches and this was the first time seeing either candidate for any length of time.
At this moment, however, the Time Magazine online poll as to who won the first debate tonight, after over 430k votes shows Donald Trump in the lead at 59%, and Hillary Clinton trailing at 41%
The Clinton campaign knows, that the more Hillary appears in public, the more chances of her having another health incident or appearing unlikable. Trump on the other hand, has been tirelessly meeting with the public, the people and the voters who will make a difference in the direction of our country for a generation to come.
The good news is, there are still two presidential debates left before the election, October 9th and October 19th. A lot can happen between now and election day. If Donald Trump has proved one thing, it’s that whenever the media thinks they finally have him beat, he bounces back with a vengeance.
The war for our country’s future continues.