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Tie Goes to Outsider Trump in First Debate

 Tie Goes to Outsider Trump in First Debate

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By Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:57 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Hillary didn’t cough. And Trump didn’t discuss the size of his package. So I’d say the first presidential debate was a draw — once again putting me out of step with the rest of America.

“Snap polls” conducted just after the debate showed Trump was the overwhelming winner, even on sites where the readership is composed of pasteurized Communists. The Daily Mail had a compilation of results and Drudge (Trumpista Central) led the pack with Trump 81.5 percent to 18.5 percent for Hillary.

The lefty sites included Time.com with Trump 58 to 42, Slate had Trump 54.3 to 45.7, Variety was Trump 51.5 to 48.5 and even CNBC had Trump the winner 51 to 49.

The sites that gave three options: Trump, Hillary and Neither offered a more reasonable selection of choices, but even there my preferred “neither” was holding steady at 5 percent.

Strangely enough, although Trump didn’t fall into any psychological traps Hillary may have prepared, he evidently caught a touch of her pneumonia, because he was sniffing and snorting through the first half of the contest. Trump also continued his campaign to legitimize the scowl as an acceptable facial expression for political debaters.

Trump showed leadership, he didn’t let Lester Holt cut him off, and most important he showed command of enough factoids to ally fears regarding his understanding of the issues.That’s enough for a win with many independent voters.

Hillary looked healthy. She didn’t wobble for 90 whole minutes. Her rictus smile, which looks like the spring-loaded puppet from the “Saw” movies, was creepy, but grinning during your opponent’s time is standard operating procedure for debate coaches.

Naturally, since we’re discussing Trump, the what might have beens are so maddening, so frustrating and so easily remedied that it’s difficult to be optimistic regarding the long term implications of the debates for the campaign.

The three subject areas were tailor-made for Trump to attack Hillary’s record and highlight the campaign themes that won him the nomination. These attacks wouldn’t have required Hillary’s assembly line debate preparation. Trump could’ve recycled speeches he’s already tested on audiences.

Lets start with job creation. Hillary employed the tired “new jobs, good jobs” and wandered into profit sharing and soak the rich taxes.

The ideal Trump response was the story he’s told about the thousands of jobs Hillary promised in upstate New York, when she first ran for the Senate, and how none materialized.

Then he concludes if she can’t create jobs in a single state, how’s she going to create jobs in the country?

When Hillary boasted about clean energy projects, Trump could have asked if those jobs would replace the thousands of good paying jobs she destroyed in coal country.

Finally, Trump could have pointed out the only job Hillary ever created was in the Clinton Foundation and she had to use donated money to do that.

Instead Trump dusted off the China piñata and whaled away at the “Yellow Peril.”

Then Holt asks Trump about releasing tax returns. Trump had a pretty good comeback when he announced “I will release my tax returns — against my lawyer's wishes — when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted.”

It would have been better if he’d compared his response to a government request for information with Hillary’s. Trump could’ve pointed out when the IRS wanted information he promptly turned it over. When the state department wanted Hillary’s email, which it should have had in the first place, she deleted over 30,000 messages, used erasing software called “BleachBit” and smashed her phones with hammers.

There was no way Holt was going to bring up email after the working over Matt Lauer received, so Trump had to introduce the topic. Mentioning her staff taking the Fifth and calling it “disgraceful” was excellent, but the contrast argument would have been devastating.

Finally Trump should have turned the discussion of the criminal justice system into a referendum on Hillary’s open borders policy. He could have talked about the relatives of citizens killed by illegal aliens, the drugs brought into the country and the jobs taken from black citizens by illegals willing to work for Juarez wages.

Trump could have concluded by asking Hillary why the potential votes of illegals are more important to her than the lives of American citizens, but he didn’t do any of that.

Instead we wandered off into the weeds arguing about stop — and — frisk.

Using questions and your opponent’s answers to highlight your issues and focus on her weaknesses isn’t rocket surgery. It’s simple debate situational awareness and it only requires a little focus and preparation.

Trump has been successfully introduced to the teleprompter, maybe he’ll try homework next.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.


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