Drunkblogging the Final Presidential Debate
Turns out, I don't need a big wrap for the big final debate. A few words and we can all get out of here.
If tonight's Trump -- for all his scattered thoughts and big whiffs at slow curveballs -- had shown up for the first two debates, then I might not have had to open tonight's debate by saying, "Trump may have shored up Ohio, but still must turn it around in Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, and maybe Georgia -- and then still find ten more Electoral College votes somewhere."
Instead, we might be talking about the Trump-Rubio rapprochement in a solidly red Florida, and how Clinton was barely hanging on in Nevada, Colorado, and Wisconsin.
But we aren't.
I hesitate to draw any broad conclusions from this final debate until we see some viewership figures -- were enough people watching to make a difference, and did enough of them spot Trump the points he needed on those topics when you kinda knew what he meant to say, but never quite did say?
And just as importantly: Did Clinton manage to escape the Wikileaks/Veritas traps?
I'd say "Yes" to the latter and "We'll have to wait and see" to the former.
But there's not very much time left to wait, and maybe too many states still to claw back out of the Blue column.
The real winner tonight is Chris Wallace -- who was fair, firm, prying (a bit) and did what a debate moderator is supposed to do. Well done.— John Schindler (@20committee) October 20, 2016
This is the wrap, but it needed to be said.
Wrap coming up after these important sips of vodka-rocks.
Clinton says she'll save entitlements by raising taxes on the wealthy, which is like putting an eyedropper of scotch in my glass and telling me it's a drink.
Next topic: Entitlements.
I can preview this one for you before anyone says a word: They're both in denial, just like 90% of the country.
"I do not add a penny to the national debt." -- I can't stress this enough, this is a flat-out lie.— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) October 20, 2016
It's her way.
"I'm going to create the kind of country that we were" when it comes to manufacturing.
Trump at his worst. We manufacture more than ever before.
To Hillary: "You would impose a no-fly zone" over Syria.
"Chances are you're going to get into a war with Syria and Russia."
"Does President Clinton shoot down [a Russian or Syrian plane]?"
Clinton says "It would take a lot of negotiation."