Drunkblogging the First Trump-Hillary Debate
I get the feeling the Trump and Clinton camps must be thinking the same thing: So many wasted opportunities.
Trump's schtick worked better in the multi candidate debates during the primaries, where the questions were spread around enough that his lack of preparation didn't show so much. Clinton was able to come on strong in the final third, which is a travesty because she won on foreign policy -- her Achilles heel!
People who stuck around for only the first half probably thought Trump was the winner. If you stuck around for the entire thing, you're more likely to call it a draw or a Clinton win. Clinton will undoubtedly come out head in the extended analysis later in the week, but sane people -- i.e., people not writing or talking about politics for a living -- don't care about that.
So my second final thought is that nobody scored any knockout blows, so just expect the expected people to say all the expected things tonight and tomorrow.
My final thought is this.
If you were frustrated by Romney and McCain failing to take the fight to Obama in their debates, you should be almost as frustrated by how Trump tried but all-too-often failed to take the fight to Clinton tonight. A little debate prep would have served him well.
The next debate is October 9. I get the feeling it will prove less frustrating for one side or the other -- just don't ask me which.