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Sep 27, 201612:39 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Hillary scores but doesn’t put Trump away

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The cosmetics — Some in the news media are making a big deal of Trump’s sudden intakes of breath. He also went to the water glass several times; that evoked Marco Rubio’s dry mouth in his State of the Nation response. But The Donald took his sips while Hillary was talking. Hillary apparently came pre-hydrated. We would say all this was no big deal but Trump is the one who brought up stamina.

Can’t remember what Hillary wore, which is good for her side. No social network memes showing her apparel next to various potato sacks, asking Who Wore It Better?

Kudos for the decision — to go to split screen, guessing that viewers could not take their eyes off Trump, for better or worse. Relatively little eye rolling or gesticulating, but still entertaining. I had predicted that Donald would be extra-orange for the night but his color was within normal range.

The moderator Lester Holt is taking incoming from many on my side of the aisle but the white lab coats here at the Policy Werkes (and Tanning Salon) say the moderator did his job by dropping the puck and then getting out of the way. He did push on the birther issue, allowing Hillary to play the race card.

And the winner is — Hillary sold what she has to sell, which is stability, preparedness, and experience. That’s so much cold oatmeal with no Froot Loops. Not very exciting. The lady is not a change agent. Trump started in on Hillary’s 30 years in public life and here we are where we are. Trump was strong on the economy and almost made sense on his indictment of NAFTA; he scored on her flip-flop on TPP, which she once called “the gold standard” of trade deals but backed off under pressure from Bernie and, Trump claimed, his own campaign.

Hillary won the debate but by a small margin. Trump stood his ground, scored some points, and did not go either full buffoon or nuclear ballistic. (Gawd, that bar is low!) In other words, he lived to fight another day. But the man has to learn how to turn his meandering word salads into sharp and lethal bullet points. But he won’t, at age 70, master the art of the bon mot. The killer phrase. (“There you go again.” “I knew JFK, you’re no …”)

The debate-watch evening ended when Fox showed images of Trump cozying up to his Mar-a-Lago cabana boy, Sean Trumpity. At that point, Your Humble Squire had to be restrained from going to the gun safe in the Stately Manor’s Property Room. Felt like going all Elvis with my 32-caliber remote.

Quote of the Week #1 (Pre-debate): “Donald Trump thinks outside the box. Hillary Clinton is the box.” — Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal.

Quote of the Week #2 (Pre-debate): “Here lies Arnold Palmer. He went for the green.” The golfing great’s proposed tombstone, attributed to his late business manager.

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Sep 27, 2016 01:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Clinton obviously knows how to push Trump's buttons, with little effort. Had him off within minutes (loan from daddy), something the deep bench couldn't do in an entire primary. She will keep shooting that huuuuge fish in a barrel, with predictable results. He is who he is. The sexism attacks are purposeful. She is shoring up the suburban white woman, not the in-the-Trump-bag, blue-collar white male. Your sensitive ears will only hear more. A little shift means game over, and they know it. Quote of the week, post-debate: "I see Hillary has come dressed in the blood of men who underestimated her."
--Sady Doyle

Sep 27, 2016 01:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm not sure if I watched the same debate you did; Trump vs H. Clinton, right?

My observations were that Trump was in a constant fit of eye-rolling and interruptions.

If Trump would have said as you suggest, "Your husband Bill …”, then all HC would have to say was, "If you haven't noticed, Bill isn't running for President". Trump (and Blaska by association) would have looked like dopes. Perhaps they already do.....

Why the cheap shot at iron workers? Trump doesn't talk like an iron worker (I have my neighbor as proof), but as the spoiled, ineffective, and overly dramatic bully that he is. He is all show, no go.

So when are you going to announce your all-in support for Trump? I've got Oct 21st in the pool.

Sep 27, 2016 01:55 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

1. Would you ever remark about a man's clothing choice?

2. Where do you stand on NAFTA and TPP?

3. Your assessment of Clinton winning by a small margin should be read like one would view a Packers fan after their loss at Minnesota. "Well, it was on the road and they only lost by 3. These debates don't have scores, it's win or you're a loser. Trump was the clear loser and margin didn't matter. To most Americans (not those delighted by the idea of politics as blood sport), his constant interruptions and credit grabbing were inexcusable. This man is not presidential. He is not gracious in the least nor is he dignified. Does he talk like an iron worker? I doubt it. Iron workers are probably much more humble.

Watch the beginning and the end, when the candidates interact with each other, the crowd and moderator: Hilary leads and Trump follows. He has no idea how to act in that room and that room is a lot more like the Oval Office than his usual gold-encrusted chambers.

You hate Hillary so badly it's impossible for you to accurately assess these things or the election in general.

Sep 27, 2016 02:41 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Davorino:

Better do some research on the Stop and Frisk policy. NYPD disagrees (and provide the numbers) with you and the Great Pumpkin on the effectiveness of that endeavor.

Sep 27, 2016 03:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey Blaska - How does it feel to be in a position that even if the 'Republican' wins, you still lose? Man, must feel terrible to be you have and have another 4 years to wait for another candidate you can get behind (or perhaps 8)? In the mean time I look forward to more spewage about how much white liberals hate black and are responsible for their demise.

Or perhaps more ramblings about a politically irrelevant governor in an increasingly irrelevant state.

Oh and regarding the pool when you will official support Trump I give it October 18.

See you in 4 years!

HA HA

Sep 27, 2016 03:39 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

The Atlantic magazine, April 2014: "Has stop-and-frisk brought any benefits? ... the answer to the question—which civil-rights advocates don’t much like to hear—is probably yes.

"Ever since the 1990s, as crime rates have tumbled in New York and diminished nationally, liberal camps have been loath to allow that the improvements have much to do with policing. This stems partly from an aversion to Mayor Giuliani, who would have to get some of the credit if credit were to be given. It stems, too, from long-held liberal uneasiness, even antipathy, toward law enforcement.

" ... What does correlate strongly is proactive policing. ... As long as departments zero in on high-crime areas, as they should and do, cops are going to be patting down a preponderance of young minority men, some guilty and some innocent. And minorities—who are the preponderant victims of index crimes, the people most often killed and mugged and burglarized—are going to be the most immediate beneficiaries."

Sep 27, 2016 06:08 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Dave: pleasepleasePLEASE keep encouraging Trump to bring up Bill's philandering to Hillary's face. All she has to do is look at him and say, "Only one of us on this stage is an expert when it comes to infidelity."
This is not going to help Trump with the women vote, any more than his bullying, interruptions or man-splaining did. And he doesn't speak like an iron worker, he speaks (and acts) like a 4th grader.

Sep 28, 2016 08:27 am
 Posted by  Normwegian

Well,, Michael, it appears that the Sheeple are alive and well.

Sep 28, 2016 09:54 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Trump has to be careful with his attacks on Bill Clinton's personal life. If he goes down that path, then he opens himself up to similar attacks. And let's face it, there's a whole lot a material to work with there.

Sep 28, 2016 10:35 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska: Please look beyond surface issues on crime and see the effects of having generations of black men stopped and frisked. If they're innocent, they have nothing to hide is probably your response. But getting shaken down by Officer Friendly on a regular basis does not build confidence, optimism or pride in one's community. Quite the opposite. At your stage of life and with your background as a white kid from Mayberry, I'm sure it's hard to view life from another perspective and consider the bad with the good. But there it is.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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