There was quite a bit to digest in this debate. Of the three presidential debates, it was the best one. That doesn’t necessarily mean it was good. It just wasn’t as bad as the two previous debates, making it the best.
Donald Trump, as he did in the first debate, seemed to do very well in the first 20-25 minutes. At the start, the topics certainly favored Donald Trump. The second amendment and the Supreme Court are grounds where it is Hillary who holds the offensive positions. But as the evening wore on, Trump stumbled at times and Hillary did much better. For her part, Hillary did exactly what she always does. She drones on forever. She refuses to stop talking even when Chris Wallace was forcefully saying her time was up.
That said, there was one moment where I believe Donald Trump blew it. And badly. Read on. Here are my five takeaways from the final presidential debate:
1. Donald Trump lost the debate, not last night but into today and beyond – When Donald Trump refused to say he’d accept the results of the election, a huge smile broke out across Hillary’s face. She knew. All day today, stories about Trumps refusal to accept the results will lead all other stories. That he disagreed with his running mate and his daughter will only exacerbate the issue. That was an unforced error, and he is going to pay dearly for it.
2. Chris Wallace should be moderating every debate from here on out – If I see cries of bias from either side, I am going to scream. Wallace was tough but fair. He allowed the candidates to duke it out at times, but he did not enable them to take control of the debate the way they did in the previous two. As I said, Hillary has this penchant for just continuing to talk without stopping and Wallace just talked right along with her until she did stop.
3. Hillary Clinton did nothing to convince me even to consider voting for her – My disdain for Donald Trump is not a secret. Some people are saying they will vote for Hillary Clinton. Some as a protest vote. Others for believing Donald Trump is very dangerous. I think they’re both dangerous for different reasons. What I heard tonight was the same thing I have heard from Hillary Clinton since she launched her campaign. I am growing weary of her trying to pass herself off as one of the middle-class voters she claims to represent. She has not driven a car in 20 years. That is how out of touch and how ingrained she is in the Washington, DC culture. She has no clue how the average person lives. Her ideas are retreads, and her attempt to cater to the Bernie Sanders wing of the party is pathetic.
4. Donald Trump proved again his lack of detailed knowledge on issues is disqualifying – In the first 20 minutes, Donald Trump had his best 20 minutes. The two issues were the second amendment and the Supreme Court. Hillary Clinton flat out lied about District of Columbia v. Heller, arguing she disagreed with the decision because “toddlers were being killed or killing people.” She was referring to the portion of the DC Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 which mandated anybody who owned a gun couldn’t have it loaded in their own home. The Supreme Court struck down that provision but also struck down the complete ban on handgun ownership by the FCRA. Trump obviously didn’t know these details or he could have easily rebutted her argument.
5. These two are the worst president candidates in all the years I’ve been eligible to vote (Since 1988) = I have nothing to add.
It’s a shame, really. Hillary Clinton is the weakest Democratic candidate since Michael Dukakis and she is probably going to win in a walk. The only question now is will GOP voters come to their senses in 2020 or decide on another Trump, or somebody worse.