Last night Donald Trump spent much of the debate on the defensive, mired in birtherism, tax returns, temperament, the Iraq war, and advocacy of stop and frisk.
While Trump was busy playing goalie, Hillary’s baggage stayed safely tucked away in a Lester Holt lock box.
Hillary has enough hanging curves out there that could get career .200 hitter Bob Uecker into Cooperstown on the first ballot. Yet, other than one quick mention (by Trump) of Hillary’s emails, nothing else came up. No doubt she was braced for something, be it The Clinton Foundation, servergate, Wall Street windfalls, lying about classified documents, hammered cell phones, tossing Bernie Sanders under the DNC bus, etc.
Zip. Zero. Nada. The word Benghazi never came up, much less BleachBit.
But that is simply par. Republicans are forever playing an away game with biased referees.
Deal with it. Trump could’ve gone after Hillary himself. He could’ve pivoted away, but he didn’t. This was clear in the post-debate analysis by the media.
Unlike the angry reaction by the left to Matt Lauer, the mainstream media was smug and happy with Lester Holt's performance. In other words, Hillary got the preferential treatment to which she is accustomed. Universe corrected, liberal bias restored.
Mr. Holt made Candy Crowley look like a rank amateur. Lester will likely find a substantial bonus in his next paycheck, no doubt yanked out of that traitor Lauer’s take home pay.
All of this had Hillary supporters orgasmic, and from their perspective, it is why Hillary won. But she didn’t. Because in the lead up to Nov. 8, the back and forth of last night’s debate amounts to elevator Muzak.
On the Hofstra debate stage, Trump got the one big thing right.
Hillary’s entire campaign theme has been that Trump is unsuitable to be president. He’s not trustworthy, he’s a loon, a loose cannon, unsuitable to be president, a bigot, a racist, whatever.
Choose your insult. But in front of about one hundred million viewers, Trump was none of those things.
On the question of presidential Trump passed with flying colors. He clearly belonged on the stage at Hofstra. He didn’t shrink. He didn’t wilt. He was a leader.
And that is what people will take away from the Hofstra debate. Not that Trump missed opportunities to zing Hillary, but that this non-politician is in fact presidential.
Round one to Trump.
Patrick Murray (colonel, U.S. Army, retired) was part of a military-diplomatic exchange program between the Pentagon and Department of State, where he served in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs in Washington, D.C. In 2005, Murray became the U.S. representative to the Military Staff Committee at the United Nations in New York under Ambassador John Bolton. After retiring from the Army in 2009, Patrick became the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Northern Virginia. He is the author of "Government is the Problem." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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