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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